A match, firing and centered Patrick Dangerfield has by no means been in a greater place to land an elusive AFL premiership, however he’s decided to not overthink his second grand ultimate.
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Dangerfield was a part of Geelong’s staff that led Richmond by 22 factors within the second quarter of the 2020 grand ultimate on the Gabba, solely to lose by 31.
Two years on, the minor premiers will head into Saturday’s grand ultimate towards Sydney as favourites.
The 32-year-old mentioned he and the Cats had discovered to not enlarge the event or put an excessive amount of stress on themselves.
“It is a completely different staff, it is a completely different time,” Dangerfield mentioned.
“You perceive the event. You do not try to construct it up an excessive amount of, as a result of it’s a sport — we have performed plenty of them this yr.
“We all know clearly what’s at stake.
“However it’s not making it so massive that you just really feel insignificant in comparison with the duty at hand. It is maintaining that entrance of thoughts.”
Whereas eager to not overplay the event, Dangerfield underlined his delight at contesting one other grand ultimate.
“You have to embrace the week and every thing that it holds,” he mentioned.
“It is a privilege to nonetheless be enjoying this time of the yr, not too many groups get the chance.
“So embrace and revel in that a part of it. It is a particular, particular time to nonetheless be enjoying.”
The 2016 Brownlow medallist struggled with calf points earlier this yr and didn’t play between rounds 10 and 16 because the Cats obtained a heavy coaching load into him, eyeing a pay-off on the again finish of the season.
The plan labored to perfection as Dangerfield racked up 28 disposals, booted two objectives and had eight clearances in a match-winning preliminary ultimate efficiency towards Brisbane.
“It is simply good to really feel contemporary and able to go,” he mentioned.
“However even if you happen to did not, it is a grand ultimate, so it does not actually matter how you’re feeling.
“It is what you do. It is the way you carry out, and that is forward of us.”
Dangerfield was coy when requested whether or not he hoped to line up on the first centre bounce on Saturday, solely noting “Everybody does”, whereas relishing his first tilt at a premiership at a packed MCG.
Above all, Dangerfield has a steely give attention to the sport’s greatest prize — the one massive gap in his adorned footy resume.
“It is every thing. It is what you play footy for,” he mentioned.
“There’s not an excessive amount of extra to it than that to be sincere. That is why you play the sport.”