TODAY, Brent Plant will be involved in his 10th grand final as a player or coach after starting his career as an 18-year-old with Cooee three decades ago.
Since then, the journey has taken him to clubs such as Yolla, Penguin, Ulverstone, Natone and now the Burnie Dockers.
Along the way, there have been numerous premierships including a Greater Northern title with Cooee in 1984, but it is doubtful that he has received more satisfaction than his last three years with the Dockers.
"I remember talking to a meeting of players, parents and supporters when I was appointed for the 2010 season and we had lost about 30 players from 2009," he said. "All I asked of the players was to earn some respect back for the club and I think they have been able to achieve it."
After a season spent rebuilding, Plant was able to coach the Dockers to six wins and a mid- table finish in 2010 and for the past three years they have made it to the grand final.
Today they can win back-to- back if they can overcome South Launceston at Aurora Stadium.
Plant is proud of what his players have been able to do on and off the field since he took over as coach.
"Regaining respect meant it was from everyone we associated with whether it be opposition players, umpires, supporters whoever," he said.
The 50-year-old has given almost a lifetime to football and while last year's inaugural State League flag for Burnie rates highly with him, another one today would be just as sweet.
"I think as you get older you appreciate them more," he said.
Win, lose or draw, Plant said he would not make a decision on his future immediately after today's game. "We'll work it out over the next couple of weeks," he said.
Burnie has been beaten by South Launceston in each of the three games they played this year.
During the roster season, the Dockers lost their only game at home when they went down by 17 points in June. Then the Bulldogs scored a 23-point win at Youngtown in July and finished it off with a one-sided 71-point win in the last roster game on August 24. The Bulldogs will go into today's game as favourites and Plant says they would be "hard nuts to crack".
But he is banking on the tough buildup the Dockers have had over the past few weeks compared to South Launceston's relatively soft run through the finals series.
He is discounting some tough physical clashes forecast to happen, particularly between Bulldogs coach Mitch Thorp and Dockers' centre half-back Nick McKenna, and is instead looking towards winning contested ball throughout the afternoon.
"That's what I've instructed my players to do, concentrate on winning the contested ball and it goes a long way to winning the game."