Kyle Amor is desperate to complete his journey from a Grand Final non-playing extra to the Old Trafford centre stage with Saints this season.
The 27-year-old was a spectator on the fringe of the Leeds squad when they defeated Saints 18-10 in the 2009 Grand Final, but is keen for a taste of the action this time around.
First though, Saints must beat Catalans Dragons at Langtree Park tomorrow night.
Amor said: “Catalans are flying at the moment so we know they’re pretty dangerous. But if we do our jobs right were confident we can get through.
“I’ve only played two play-off games in my career so far - one for Wakefield against Leeds and one for Saints against Cas so it’s all pretty new to me. I guess that’s why you come to a big club like Saints.
“A lot of the media haven’t given us much of a shout because of the players we’ve lost but we’ve just focused on our own bubble and have believed in each other all the way through.
“Being around a winning dressing room in 2009 made me want to be a playing part of it - I wanted to feel that buzz. It would be extra special to do it with Saints too because of the injuries we’ve suffered - the losses we’ve had have been huge.”
Amor admitted that the week off following Saints’ thrashing of Castleford had given the squad’s veterans a chance to freshen up, as well as enabling all the players to leave no stone unturned in their preparation.
He was out injured when Saints suffered a 42-0 reverse against Catalans in the heat of the south of France in June, but doesn’t think that result has left any lasting scars.
“James Roby told me he had double vision at half time during that game because it was so hot,” Amor revaled.
“He’s one of the fittest lads I’ve ever met so if he was struggling then god only knows what the rest of them were like!
“One thing I’ve learnt this year is that when you’re at a smaller club you raise your game for teams like Saints but when you’re at Saints - in the big games - you’ve got to raise the bar even higher. If you don’t, you get found out.”