For the last two seasons Billy Slater has been sitting in the stands at this time of year.
He has been powerless to influence the result of games like only he can.
On Friday night he will get that chance.
Instead of sitting on the sidelines Slater will be behind the Storm line, shouting instructions, guiding the attack and sprinkling his magic across AAMI Park.
The superstar fullback is back where he belongs, playing in the games that matter most.
This Preliminary Final against the Broncos is the perfect chance for Slater to add a memorable chapter to his remarkable comeback story.
“The last two years in the finals series I have been wearing a suit.
“I’ll be wearing a playing kit this time which I am really enjoying so that is what I am focusing on.
“When you have something taken away from you that you really enjoy doing, we work really hard to play in the finals, I haven’t been part of it the last couple of years but I am this year so I am enjoying every moment of it.
“The excitement builds the further you go. With a Preliminary Final you are 80 minutes away from playing in a Grand Final if you perform well.
“I’m looking forward to this weekend, it is a huge occasion.”