When midfielder Isaac Taylor runs out for Canberra’s clash with Southport on Saturday, it will come as a reminder that good things come to those who wait.
The 24-year-old will become the second Canberra Demon to notch up 50 NEAFL games for the club when Canberra meet the Southport Sharks at Fankhauser Reserve in Queensland on Saturday afternoon.
"It's really exciting to be notching up 50 games for Canberra," Taylor said.
"The club and group have come a long way since 2016 and to be a part of the journey has been a blast."
"Over the past two and half years there have been a lot downs, but it makes the ups so much easier, knowing that you have gone through it all with such a great squad."
Canberra currently sit a-top of the NEAFL ladder and in pole-position to claim a maiden finals birth, though Taylor admits that, the road to success has not come easy for Canberra.
"The club has changed a lot in terms of personnel/training facilities going from Kingston Oval to a paddock in Tuggeranong and a junior football ground in Aranda.”
"The improvement the club has made this season is remarkable, we are now in a position that the Canberra clubs are starting to come on board and support the Demons program.”
Despite Canberra winning 8-in-a-row and in chase of the NEAFL’s minor premiership, Taylor says Canberra’s focus remains solely on qualifying for a maiden finals campaign.
"We are currently a game ahead, but it means nothing in this competition with it being so even.”
"We will need to play well each and every week to ensure we can secure a maiden birth into the finals.”
"But definitely our first goal is qualifying for finals and from there anything can happen.”
Taylor's 50th game will be lived streamed this Saturday afternoon on NEAFL TV.