Max McGovern has made a big impression in his first season with the Sea Eagles playing at hooker. FILEPHOTO
Max McGovern has made a big impression in his first season with the Sea Eagles playing at hooker. FILEPHOTO

Taking it to the Max

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

IT'S been a long time since Max McGovern walked off Bellingen Park as a grand final winner with the Magpies but tomorrow he has the chance to do it all over again with Macksville.

McGovern can't help but notice the difference between the two clubs as he watched his Sea Eagles teammates run through some set plays at training.

"It's more laid back here, you can just see it that they've all been here and done it before," he said.

"At Bello, they hadn't had a grand final for a long time and they were all keen.

"It's being treated just like another comp game here but it'll be different on Sunday."

Another difference McGovern has relished this season is his change of roles.

A noted five-eighth himself, the 30 year-old has this season been thrown into the forwards and is loving every minute of it as he gets a front row view of the Sea Eagles brilliance each week.

"They've put me up to hooker now which is good," he admitted.

"I let them do all the flash stuff and just stay in there and let them go.

"I like it, I can do my own thing in there as well. I can just get around the park now and I don't mind tackling."

Not that McGovern sits back and lets the rest of the team do all the work.

He was arguably his team's best player a fortnight ago in the Major Semi, playing like a man who thinks he's on borrowed time.

Fact is he might be as McGovern admitted that tomorrow will probably be his last game.

"It would be good to win a grand final when you're leaving," he wished.

"The last three years we've been beaten in the grand final at home down at Wyong.

"That gives me some extra incentive to win but especially when Macksville are going for Bellingen's record and winning four in a row."



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