Tom Scully has known nothing but September envy throughout his 123-game AFL career, which has spanned two clubs and seven seasons.
That will change in a couple of weeks when Greater Western Sydney enter their maiden finals campaign.
It has been a long time coming for Scully.
Scully was recruited by Melbourne with the No.1 pick in the 2009 draft then joined expansion club GWS on a million-dollar deal in 2011.
Scully celebrated a total of six wins in his first three seasons with GWS.
But the Giants showed much progress in 2015 and have become a far more competitive beast in 2016, helped in part by Scully’s career-best form.
They currently sit fifth on the ladder and are guaranteed to finish in the top eight.
“It’s taken me seven years and I just can’t wait to get an opportunity,” Scully said.
“This is what you play football for, to give yourself an opportunity to play off in the finals.
“In previous years I’ve sat back and watched other sides play in the finals and you look on with a bit of envy, wishing to be part of it.
“It takes a lot of work .. we’ve put ourselves in that position and I think everybody is just looking forward to it.”
Scully admitted GWS were buzzing at the prospect of playing their first final.
“In the past we’ve had the NEAFL guys play in the finals but it’s a little bit different obviously with the whole footy club being involved,” the 25-year-old said.
“It’s fantastic to be around the club, there’s a great vibe.”
Scully added it was important the Giants don’t get ahead of themselves.
They face Fremantle and North Melbourne in the final two rounds.
Depending on other results they could finish as high as first or as low as seventh.
“We know finals aren’t far away but we can’t lose focus on our last two home-and-away games,” Scully said.
“We know there’s big things to come but we’ve just got to focus on what we can control.”