Premiership-winning coach Nick Skinner has declared himself ready to tackle Tumut in the grand final.
The former Southcity leader missed the extra-time major semi-final victory over Gundagai due to a neck complaint, but has been pleased with how it has progressed ahead of the clash at Equex Centre on Sunday.
Skinner pulled out on the morning of the 26-20 victory after symptoms including pins and needles hadn't subsided.
However he can't wait to take his place in the biggest game of the year.
"I'll be right I just had to manage a bit of a neck issue since the Tumut game," Skinner said.
"I had my neck operated on years and years ago and copped a bit of a crusher tackle and it's a flare up from that.
"I've got it to a pretty good point now so I'll be right."
Skinner had a part of his spine fused after being on the end of a nasty tackle playing in the Queensland Cup when he was with the Canberra Raiders in 2009.
However the problem is far from as serious this time around.
"It was a bit scary and I thought it might have been something a bit more serious but I got scans and they all came back good," he said.
"It was more of a nerve issue than anything else.
"I'm just doing everything I can to get it as good as possible."
Injuries, especially to key personnel, have been a constant problem for the Bulls and Skinner certainly didn't miss out.
He struggled with a pubic bone problem midway through the season before the latest ailment threatened to derail his finals campaign.
The 31-year-old has played in 13 of their 20 games this season but has been pleased with his input at the back end of the year.
"It was a bit of a frustrating year but I've felt pretty good when I've been on the field," he said. "I had the injury issues early in the year but the back part of the year I've felt really good."
Skinner was captain-coach of Bulls premierships in 2016 and 2017 before handing the role over to Kyle McCarthy.
After beating Gundagai twice in grand finals, he was part of their loss to the Tigers last season.
He's looking to use it as a valuable lesson up against a Blues outfit in their first grand final since their 2010 premiership.
"We spoke about not taking the opportunity for granted," Skinner said.
"There is a good feeling around the place and among everyone. Hopefully we can do the job."
Skinner was named in the Team of the Year alongside a trio of Blues forwards in Zac Masters, Jed Pearce and Tom Warner.
In the middle is where he's looking to rise to the grand final occasion.
"They are pretty strong across the park but definitely their strength is through their forwards," he said.
"We will be looking to do a good job on their forward pack and hopefully that can stop anything they have on their edges.
"We'll just look to play our footy and hopefully we can get the result."