Jack Rushton played in a premiership with Rocherlea, a grand final with East Coast and a qualifying final with Launceston before returning to his junior club.
Now seven rounds into his first senior season with North Launceston, the in-and-under midfielder turned pressure forward has played every game for the ladder-leading Bombers and is feeling right at home.
"It's been pretty good really," the 23-year-old said of his first year back.
"I played all my junior football at North right through until I was 16.
"I know a lot of the boys and I live in Mayfield so I'm from this side of town, so I've found it pretty easy."
Rushton enjoyed his best game of the season in last week's nailbiting win over North Hobart, laying tackle after tackle and winning plenty of contested ball in the forward half.
The former St Finn Barr's and Brooks High student also hit the scoreboard with a boundary line set shot that helped North establish a 21-point three-quarter-time lead.
Rushton credited his side's only loss of the season with sparking his good form.
"I had a hard think after the Lauderdale game ... I needed to make quite a few adjustments.
"I hadn't really had a good start to the season at all really, I hadn't really hit the scoreboard or been playing well so I've just been trying to turn it around since the Lauderdale game."
Having been used in the same role for Launceston last season, Rushton is now well accustomed to playing in the forward half of the ground.
The sixth-year plumber has still been used to pinch-hit in the midfield at times, and hopes to contribute more through the middle as the season wears on.
"They've given me a couple of stints in the midfield but I've been playing that small forward pressure role - pressure forward is where I'm most comfortable at the moment.
"I've basically been a midfielder all my life until I've come to TSL level where I'm a bit smaller and don't quite have the fitness base, so I play forward and apply that pressure.
"I'm trying to do a bit of extra work and learn a bit more of my running patterns and those sort of things.
"There's a fair difference trying to get yourself into the midfield in the TSL, it's quite a big role really, and with a couple of big midfielders at North Launceston ... I'm trying to build into that position but it's just going to take a lot of work."