Jake Eaglesham is looking to have a bigger impact in his second grand final for Waratahs.
An eye injury plagued his first crack in 2013, but this time around he’s looking to step up against Ag College on Saturday.
Eaglesham made a big impression during his first foray to the club, including winning the Bill Castle Medal in 2014, but he fell short of the ultimate success.
Now he’s looking to change that and help deliver the Wagga side another premiership at Conolly Rugby Complex.
“I played it when I was half blind after eye surgery when I lost the sight in my left eye,” Eaglesham said.
“I don’t think I was the best player on the park by any means that day, and we lost it quite convincingly to Albury.
“I was probably carried around the park by a few of the boys.”
Eaglesham returned this season after travelling for the past three years.
He also changed positions moving to flanker from his normal number eight but is more than happy to play wherever is needed.
“Six and eight are quite similar really,” Eaglesham said.
“A lot of places at a higher level there is a lot of difference, but here is it really being on the side of the scrum inside of the back.
“Hosey (Harry Hosegood) has been having a brilliant season.
“Playing in a back row with Sam Bunny and Harry Hosegood is brilliant as you can just focus on your job as you know exactly what they are going to do.
“We’ve been working really well together.”
While grand finals aren’t the done thing in his native Scotland, he loves the idea of a decider.
He knows Ag College will be up for the challenge so Eaglesham wants to greet them with force in the big day.
“I prefer the system over here,” he said.
“It is good to get through to another grand final and finish the season off with a bang.
“A lot of places would benefit from having the big spectacle at the end of the year.”
Eaglesham has played for 15 clubs across six countries, but rates his experience with Waratahs at the top.
It is part of the reason he returned after his initial two-years stint.
“Ever since (girlfriend Tess and I) were away travelling we always talked about coming back and one of the main reasons for me was the Waratahs,” he said.
“I’ve played with 15 different clubs now and the experience I had when I first moved over was just awesome.
“It was always a place we planned to come back to and I was just excited to get back as they are a really good bunch of guys.
“They are humble guys, who love their footy and the social side is brilliant.
“There is a really good club atmosphere and up there with the best I’ve been apart of.”