EVER since he first started playing rugby league more than 20 years ago, Kiama's Tom Atkins has wanted one thing.
A first grade premiership with his beloved Knights.
Sunday's Group Seven grand final at Collegians Sporting Complex presents Atkins his third chance to achieve this goal in as many years - an opportunity he and his side intend to make the most of.
"Unfortunately, the past two grand finals, it just wasn't our years but there's a different feeling around the boys this season," Atkins said.
"We've learnt a lot as a group from those two losses and all the boys know we have a job to do on Sunday to finally overcome Kiama's 34-year premiership drought - we're all ready to rip in."
As much as lifting the Artie Smith Cup would mean to Atkins, 26, it would mean just as much to his family - especially his father Paul and brother Fletcher, who played for the Knights for 15 seasons.
"Dad coached me from when I first started playing up until under 12s, before he became the junior president - a role he held for five years," Atkins said.
"Then both dad and I moved up to seniors, which saw him take on the presidency role for six years.
"Fletcher won a reserve grade premiership in 2017 but I know how much it would mean to my whole family if I finally won a first grade one of Sunday - all of us love the club."
Although Sunday's opponent Jamberoo got the better of Kiama in the 2017 decider, Atkins, who plays both fullback and five-eighth, knows Matt Clarke's side have done enough to finally end their premiership drought.
"We've taken the hard route to get to the grand final but we got there in the end, which I always had confidence we would do," he said.
"It's now time to prove why we deserve to call ourselves premiers in 2019.
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"To win would mean everything to me - winning a premiership with Kiama is something I've always wanted to do.
"Twenty-one years of playing the sport I love, with my best mates and a club like Kiama - there would be nothing better than bringing that trophy home on Sunday."
Kick-off for the first grade final is at 4pm at the Collegians Sporting Complex.