A breakthrough season at senior level has Jacob Boyd just one game away from lining up in a TSL grand final.
Having played just three games in each of the past two seasons, the 19-year-old has cemented a spot in the back six to become one of 11 Blues to have played every game this season.
Better still, the Blue of more than a decade has shared his season with several of his former under-nine teammates.
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"It's always been a dream to play finals for Launny ... I'm hoping we can go all the way this year and make a grand final," Boyd said.
"We're all good mates outside of footy and we've been around each other for a long time now.
"I'm pretty close with Ryan Tyrell, Jack Tuthill, Alec Wright and Fletcher Seymour coming to the club this year I've gotten pretty close with him as well - all the people my age.
"It's really good to play along with my mates and have a full and consistent year in the ones and not be in and out of the ones."
A former Riverside High and Launceston College student, Boyd and his teammates enter Saturday's preliminary final with confidence having comfortably knocked off Lauderdale when the two sides last met.
But the apprentice builder knows wrestling a grand final spot off the Southern Bombers won't come bruise-free.
"It's always contested and pretty big contact and it's a good contest, really competitive," Boyd said.