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Nerves are a positive - Taylor

  • Nerves are a positive - Taylor

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 14: Harry Taylor of the Cats thanks the crowd after his 200th match during the 2016 AFL Round 21 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 14, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The way Harry Taylor sees it, the fact he still gets nervous in the buildup to big AFL matches is a good thing.

If and when that stops happening, it will likely be time for the Geelong backman to give it away.

Friday night's preliminary final against Sydney will be Taylor's 20th playoff match in the blue and white hoops.

Only 10 Geelong players have participated in more finals, a select group that includes current teammates Jimmy Bartel, Corey Enright, Andrew Mackie and Joel Selwood.

The 30-year-old Taylor debuted for the Cats eight years ago - a year after their drought-breaking 2007 flag - before going on to become a a key member of the 2009 and 2011 premiership teams.

But he is no danger of ever becoming blase about the September action.

"I still get nervous before games," he said on Monday.

"I spoke a bit earlier in the year about nerves, about how it can be a good thing.

"Nerves are a sign that you're going to care about what you're going to be doing, they're a sign that you're passionate about what you're going to be doing.

"I still get that nervous feeling.

"The day when I don't get nervous is probably the day when I ask myself if this is what I should be doing.

"I love the footy club, I love playing in big games and this is the best time of year to be alive and be a Geelong footy player."

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