“But it’s just a game of footy at the end of the day. The ball doesn’t change, the ground doesn’t change. It will be hot like every final has been but we look forward to it.”
From first-gamer Marlion Pickett to other young guns such as Liam Baker, Shai Bolton and Soldo, Nankervis said they would follow what the rest of the side has done and just embrace all the opportunities of grand final day.
Nankervis has only played 11 games this season after a mid-season adductator injury kept him out for 11 weeks.
“I think they should be really confident, them boys. They’ve really stood up,” Nankervis said.
“This year has given some guys some opportunities to come through.
“Just enjoy it. Just embrace it. That’s been our theme.”
While some would think grand final week could be tough to enjoy amid the pressure and expectation of the big day, Nankervis disagrees.
“I think it’s pretty easy,” Nankervis said.
“Everyone is so happy. Really positive that we’ve made it to a grand final. There is obviously more work to do but just to see the fans turn out today and be part of this.
“I think we are all really grateful to be here.”
Roy Ward is a Sports writer for The Age.