No North Wagga player in Saturday’s grand final has played more games for the Saints than Troy Curtis.
He’s been there through the tough times and hopes to enjoy the best of good times if the Saints can topple Marrar in the decider at Robertson Oval.
Curtis cannot wait to run out in a senior grand final for North Wagga.
“It’s surreal,” Curtis said.
“It’s been a long time for North Wagga. I’ve been here for nine years and to finally get a crack at it, I’m hoping it’s been well worth the wait.”
Curtis said North Wagga has been abuzz this week.
“A lot of old boys came down (Thursday) night to watch us train again,” he said.
“We’re trying to keep a level head and we’ve got a few senior players that have been there before and have got around and helped us through the week.
“After making finals and always getting knocked out, now to finally make it, it’s good for us and good for the club.
“A lot of hard work has gone in so it’s good.”
Curtis, 25, has played in a number of positions for the Saints in recent years but has made himself at home across half-back this season.
He has enjoyed a strong finals series and credits his form to playing alongside North Wagga captain Ned Mortimer and experienced campaigner Luke Walsh.
“I’m pretty happy. It’s always good to play off guys like Ned and Walshy,” he said.
“They’ve helped me a lot and make my game a lot easier.”
Curtis said he takes confidence into Saturday knowing the Saints can match Marrar.