Griffith midfielder Jack Rowston is looking forward to being a lot closer to the action in this year's Riverina League grand final.
The talented Swans teenager ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) midway through last season and was forced to watch from the sidelines on grand final day.
Rowston returned to the field midway through this season and has made a big impact in the Swans' midfield as they charged towards another grand final appearance.
The 19-year-old is looking forward to having a greater involvement in Saturday's grand final against Wagga Tigers.
"It wasn't great watching on," Rowston said.
"Obviously it was a bit disappointing to get so far...another five minutes in that last quarter and it might have been a different story. It was hard to watch.
"Hopefully we can go one better this year."
Rowston juggled a few football commitments last season.
He was captain of his school team at Assumption College, where his knee injury also ruled him out of finals, while he also took part in under 18 representative commitments and some NEAFL games with the Giants.
While disappointed to miss out on the business end of a big season, Rowston tried to move on quickly.
"It was a little bit frustrating but these things happen," he said.
"The first week I was a bit disappointed but you've just got to pick yourself up and get on with it. It's happening to a lot of people these days."
Rowston is now back at home, helping on the family farm and working in Griffith. He is happy with how his return from injury has unfolded.
"I didn't know how I was going to go but it's been nice to slip back into the side and play a role," he said.
"Losing a few mids from last year, it's been nice to get in there and support."
With a game capable of standing up at higher levels, Rowston said he is happy playing at his home club for now.
"I just want to play the best footy I can and as long as I'm enjoying it, I'm not too worried where that is," he said.
It will be Rowston's first senior grand final and he cannot wait to get out there.
"I'm a little bit nervous," he said.
"I'm starting to think about it a little bit now but I'm excited and rearing to go."
Griffith have not won a Riverina League premiership since 2003 and a Rowston was playing that day.
It was Jack's father Phil, who forged a decorated career at Griffith and won the 2000 Jim Quinn Medal, so he has not had to go far for any grand final advice.
"He said that year (2003) they probably weren't the best side but they all strung together and came through," Jack said.
"They had lost a few grand finals and they were 30 or 40 points up in the last quarter and he remembers he was still so nervous that they were going to lose it.
"He hasn't said much yet but closer to the game I'm sure he'll give me some advice."