A complex set of circumstances led Liam Davies into the 2019 TSL season, and the premiership cup could see him out of it.
A member of Ulverstone's losing NWFL grand final team last season, the 22-year-old moved North this year to study physical education at university and has slotted in seamlessly to North Launceston's best 22.
Davies had played just two TSL matches before this season - both for Devonport in 2016 - but has looked right at home in the state's top league and played every game this season.
"I always wanted to test myself at State League footy and have a full year, but obviously with Devonport and Burnie pulling out of the TSL down the coast I didn't really have the opportunity - now I'm up here for university I do," he said.
"It's been a real challenge to hold my spot - there's good players everywhere around the club so it sort of drives me to be the best I can be and everyone's on the same page. It's a really good place to be around."
A clean user of the ball with great running capacity, Davies has been named on a wing for Saturday's decider and should line up against either Rhys Sutton or Robbie McManus.
Even before playing four matches against Lauderdale throughout the year, Davies needed no introduction to the fiercely competitive rivalry shared between the TSL's Bomber counterparts.
"It's pretty evident - this is the third year in a row they've played off in the grand final so the rivalry's pretty big, it's pretty hot contested footy," Davies said.
"I've played plenty of finals footy before and played in a senior premiership at Ulverstone so I know what to expect, but it still doesn't take the nerves away."
Davies joins James Curran, William Edmunds, Jackson Callow, Jordan Tepper, Fletcher Bennett and Jack Rushton among seven Bombers playing their first TSL senior grand final.
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