Jack Reynolds is looking to make up for a grand final win lost to injury.
Reynolds broke his collarbone in the second week of the finals last year and was forced to watch on as Marrar downed Temora at Robertson Oval to win their first title in 21 years.
Now the 19-year-old gets his chance to be on the ground as the Bombers look to make it back-to-back premiership wins on Saturday.
He can’t wait for the experience.
“I’m feeling good and feeling excited,” Reynolds said.
“I’m a little bit nervous but more excited about it.”
Reynolds had a massive season for the Bombers last year, culminating in taking out their best and fairest, so this grand final chance means so much more.
He’s looking to make the most of it.
“It means a lot more after last year,” Reynolds said.
“It was a bit difficult having to sit on the sidelines watching, but being out there is year is going to be awesome.”
The injury was something Reynolds thought off when tackling North Wagga in the second semi-final a fortnight ago, but luckily there was no repeat of his misfortune.
Moving to Melbourne for university this season, Reynolds has travelled back on the train to be part of Marrar’s season.
He’s hoping the long hours on the road will worth it all.
While juggling the travel commitments, Reynolds also spent part of the year playing for Melbourne University in the Victorian Amateur Football Association.
However after sustaining serious head knock there it put his season in jeopardy.
“I went for the ball and a fella dumped me straight on my head,” Reynolds said.
“The next thing I woke up and I was in the back of an ambulance and was told I’d had a seizure, was concussed and had passed out.
“They took me to Royal Melbourne and spent a bit of time there.
“It kept me out of footy for about seven weeks but I’ve come back and now I’m wearing headgear as an extra precaution to finish off the season.”
The 19-year-old was found to have bleeding on the brain but hasn’t been troubled since returning to the field.
Even if playing in headgear took some time to get used to.
“After missing a fair bit of footy it was a bit weird to come back straight in and play at your best while trying to get used to the headgear,” Reynolds said.
“I hadn’t played in a headgear at all in AFL so it is more getting used to it but I haven’t had any more head problems.”