At the start of the season Lee Price didn't expect to even play for Newtown's first grade side.
At the summer's midway point, he thought he might not play again.
But now on the eve of the RSL-Whitney Cup grand final he will be doing all he can to fire the Tigers to a first premiership in the top grade since 2002/03.
While most of his Newtown teammates have a higher profile on the cricket field, Price has developed into a handy contributor for the Tigers this season and his efforts also saw him earn a maiden call-up to Dubbo's Western Zone Premier League side.
The likes of Ben Patterson, Mat and Steve Skinner, Wayne Dunlop and Trent Smith may be considered more important by many this weekend, but Price isn't there to just make up the numbers.
"I love winning. I'm a very, very competitive person and I hate losing," he said.
"To me, losing is not an option and it's the same for all the Newtown fellas."
Having previously played in the more social Wellington Twenty20 competition in recent years, Price linked up with Newtown in the off-season while working at the club's major sponsor, the Amaroo Hotel.
"I thought I'd probably play seconds but played a trial match and went alright and played a few first grade after that," the seamer said, having made an impact bowling tight line and lengths through the middle overs.
"But then I got injured and didn't play for a while but after Christmas I got to play again and went alright and that's pretty much it."
Price's injury was one which could have kept him out for a lot longer than a few weeks.
The 23-year-old tradesman, also well known for his exploits with Dubbo CYMS in Group 11, fell through a roof at work and was hospitalised after suffering a neck injury.
But once he returned to the Tigers side he picked up where he left off, backing up his side's opening bowlers and picking up key wickets along the way.
"I hurt my neck pretty bad and I was pretty bad for awhile there. I wasn't sure if I was going to play again when it first happened but I was pretty lucky in the end and only had three or four weeks off," he said, before talking about returning and contributing.
"When I bowl I know I've got to take my opportunity and do something because there's a lot of other blokes who can come in.
"I enjoy my bowling and I love being in the game. If I get a wicket I love it even more and that gets me in the game.
"I like to be involved and when they give me the ball I know I need to bowl well."
Price has been involved this season and goes into the decider with 15 wickets to his name in 2018/19, the same amount as representative opening bowler Smith.
The challenge this weekend is as big as they come. Price and his minor premiership-winning Tigers meet RSL-Colts, a side loaded with veteran players who have won multiple RSL-Whitney Cups.
"Colts are unreal," Price admitted.
"They have that many good players and they're class. They know how to win tough games, they've been ... the best for 10 or 12 years but we just need to put runs on the board and bowl well.
"We've got the players who can win the match. Blokes just need to stand up and take it upon themselves and if we do that we should be right."
Unsurprisingly, Price singled out leading all-rounder and NSW Country representative Patterson as someone who can "win a game by himself".
This weekend's grand final is a two-day game played across Saturday and Sunday.
Play starts at 1pm each day.