BRETT Mullins describes it as "a weird week".
He's regarded as one of the greatest Canberra Raiders ever, and played in their last grand final win in 1994. But he also won a premiership with the Roosters in his final year in 2002, and his father Bill won back-to-back titles with the Bondi boys in the mid seventies.
However the former Young Cherrypicker will be firmly in the lime green camp on Sunday as Canberra looks to break the NRL's second longest premiership drought.
"I'd like to see the Raiders win because it's been so long, but in saying that if they don't get up I'm happy the Roosters do. It's a weird week for me," the former representative fullback said.
"I was a Roosters supporter before Canberra came into the competition with my old man playing for them in the seventies.
"But they've had a great 20 years and have played in a lot of grand finals. It's Canberra's time, time for someone else."
The Raiders' team of the mid nineties is revered as one of the greatest ever. Mullins believed grand final appearances would be commonplace for a while, but the Raiders have been spectators on the big day since.
He said it's a reminder to the current crop to treat Sunday like it could be their only chance.
"I definitely thought we'd be in a few more from there on. It's been a long time, I'm hoping they get up," Mullins said.
The (preliminary final) win over Souths we really built that win off defence, but in attack we have to step it up this week.
"They've just got to hang in there, keep scrambling the way they have and hopefully things will go their way."
Mullins said he was rapt for Raiders coach and 1994 premiership teammate Ricky Stuart, who will look to add to the premiership he won in his first year at the helm of the Roosters in 2002.
"He's gone through a lot of ups and downs and he's brought a great squad together," Mullins said.
"I thought they might go close this year, but next season would be more likely.
"The Roosters are a great attacking side, but the Raiders defence has shown it can hold its own against any side this year.
"It's going to be a great game, I'm hoping it's close and the Raiders get up."
Mullins said the fullback battle, a clash of contrasting styles between Roosters pin up boy James Tedesco and Raiders budget buy Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, will be pivotal.
"Tedesco has been the best player in the game all year in my opinion," Mullins said.
"He's strong and fast and has a pass, he can do anything.
"But the young fella at Canberra has come a long way in his first season there. He's got better and better and there'll be more to come."