After he almost gave up the game four years ago, Port Kembla goalkeeper David Poeira has found a new lease of football life at Wetherall Park.
The League Championship-winning custodian made the move to the Zebras from Kemblawarra in 2010 as a fill-in goalkeeper and since cemented his spot as one of the competition's best glovemen.
Poeira took out the Illawarra title for best goalkeeper in 2012 and was in the running again this season before the count went behind closed doors.
His success on the pitch for the shot-stopper coincided with Port Kembla's impressive performance in the Illawarra Premier League.
"It has been a successful four years," Poeira said.
"In the first year I joined them, we won the league and unfortunately lost the grand final to Dandaloo."
"Then the two years after that we didn't make grand finals but we always made it to the finals."
Poeira also claimed two player of the year awards during his tenure with Port.
He attributes the massive turnaround - from wanting to leave the game behind to grand final hopeful - to the club he lines up for tomorrow.
"I have been with Port for four years and I have never had a complaint," Poeira said.
"The committee has been great to me and it is just an honour playing for Port and I just enjoy every moment.
"I would have dreaded it [giving up the game] because when you go and watch your friends play, that's when you want to get back into it.
"I am happy that I didn't give it up."
The keeper could only be more satisfied with his current predicament if his Port Kembla squad could come up trumps in the decider against Bulli.
Poeira will be present between the sticks at WIN Stadium and plans to lead from the back.
"I want them to listen to me and play like they have been playing week in, week out," Poeira said.
"There hasn't been many complaints from me, the boys know what their job is to do. That is all I can ask from them."
The gloveman acknowledged he was lucky to be on the field in the final, after he avoided a red card and suspension in Port's major semi-final loss to Bulli.
With the incident behind him, Poeira is more motivated than ever to take home the crown.
"At the start of the year everyone wants to win the league, but once you have accomplished that everyone wants to win the grand final," Poeira said.