IN his ninth AFL season, former Horsham Demon Seb Ross has the chance to finally break his finals drought.
The fate of Ross and St Kilda will be decided on Friday night against the GWS Giants.
A victory would secure the Saints a top-eight spot, while a loss could see them fall to ninth, if Melbourne were to secure a percentage-boosting victory against Essendon.
The Saints have not played finals since 2011 - the longest ongoing finals drought.
Ross said he was glad the club's fate was in the players' hands.
"In a few of my previous seasons, we've been waiting on this weekend a couple of times, hoping that other results fall our way," Ross told SEN Radio. "And that is a shocking position to be in.
"To have the destiny in our hands this weekend is something that is foreign to me, and foreign to a lot of us at our footy club, but it's something we're definitely excited by."
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Ross is yet to play a final in his 134-game career, and said he was trying to enjoy the moment ahead of Friday.
"You can look ahead and dream of what could be, or you could stay really focused on the task at hand, and enjoy the position for what it is," Ross said.
"You can be nervous and hope ... or you can enjoy the week, enjoy being in Noosa, and get the win on Friday night."
After claiming his second Trevor Barker medal as the Saints' best and fairest last season, Ross has moved into a different role in 2020, often tagging the opposition's most damaging midfielder.
"I'm not sure where we will go yet (on Friday) but we'll definitely have a keen eye on guys," Ross said.
"There's a lot of GWS midfielders to choose from."
His role on the field has been just one change amid a vastly different 2020 season.
Alongside other Victorian clubs, the Saints have been living in a COVID-safe hub in Noosa in southern Queensland for the last last two months.
Ross said the hub had allowed the Saints to gel more as a club.
"It has certainly had its challenges, but the positives have definitely outweighed the negatives," Ross said.
"We have a young group, and we traded in a lot of players last off-season, so it's been a really good opportunity to get to know each other.
"Not just the playing group either, but wives and partners who used to only see each other once and twice during the year at a function.
"The club has done a really good job."
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