Isaac Taylor will return to the AFL Canberra ranks with a point to prove as he looks to avenge grand final heartache after nearly four long years.
The former Mulrooney medallist has been granted a release from the final year of his contract with the Canberra Demons in the NEAFL to rejoin the Belconnen Magpies.
And he says there is no better way to start than a clash with the Ainslie Tricolours at Alan Ray Oval on Saturday.
Taylor had not featured in the NEAFL this season, and the Demons' arrangement with AFL Canberra sees surplus players suit up for the Gungahlin Jets - but the midfielder has been yearning to return to his junior club.
"I'm confident all the paperwork has gone through, so I'll be out there with Belconnen," Taylor said.
"Hopefully I can contribute to some success for the club because it really hurt me not winning a premiership four years ago, going out and losing a grand final.
"It was a really upsetting having to leave the [Demons], because I had developed a lot of close friendships. I'd been there for the past three and a half years and helped develop the culture since we became a one-team town in the NEAFL.
"Things just didn't really quite work out and I was really happy to go back home to Belconnen. I've been there since I was five years old. I'll get back with my mates again."
AFL CANBERRA ROUND SEVEN
Friday: Eastlake Demons v Gungahlin Jets at Football Park, 6.30pm.
Saturday: Ainslie Tricolours v Belconnen Magpies at Alan Ray Oval, 1.15pm.
Sunday: Tuggeranong Hawks v Queanbeyan Tigers at Greenway Oval, 1.15pm.