West Perth captain Jason Salecic has backed the club's inexperienced youngsters to stand up and be counted in Sunday's grand final against East Perth at Patersons Stadium.
Salecic was just a teenager with 20 games under his belt when the Falcons won their last premiership, in 2003.
He knows what it's like to be a rookie on the big stage.
West Perth had 12 players aged 22 or younger in the second semifinal against Claremont a fortnight ago.
What the young Falcons lacked in experience they made up in calmness under pressure and ability to execute coach Bill Monaghan's game plan.
Salecic expected more of the same against East Perth.
"When you're a young bloke you're pretty excited and you've never experienced something like that before," he said.
"Whereas when you've played a lot of footy and you've been there before it kind of helps you ease the tension and the nerves a little bit.
"Our young blokes are pretty good. They know what they need to do and they don't have very many issues.
"They're all pretty switched on. They just love a challenge and they're all pretty excited.
"They haven't been given much advice because they all know what they're doing and how to prepare well. They're ready for it."
Despite hovering near the top of the ladder all season, West Perth have had their premiership credentials questioned by out- siders.
Some pointed to the Falcons' poor recent finals record and others questioned the reappointment of Monaghan for a further three years.
But the speculation over the Falcons' ability to win the flag hasn't fazed the playing group.
"We don't look into that stuff," Salecic said. "As long as we're doing the right things and making sure we tick all the boxes.
"We can't control what anyone else says about us, but we're confident in ourselves that we can do the job.
"Whatever the media writes or anyone talks about, we just try and focus on what we need to focus on.
"We've done that all year, so that doesn't play a part in the way we go about it."
Salecic had most of his home-and-away season interrupted by injury, but has managed to string together seven successive league games heading into the grand final and still shapes as one of his team's most important players.
At 29, he said he would delay a decision on his playing future until after the season, but was mindful of leaving his younger teammates without guidance from senior players.
"I haven't really discussed (retirement) with Bill (Monaghan) or my family or anything like that," Salecic said.
"It's probably something you look to after the season.
"I enjoy playing with the boys and mentoring some of the guys. I know that in 2003 a lot of guys exited the club and it made it difficult for the next guys coming through, so if I can offer some support next year then I might stick around, but I haven't really made a decision yet.
"I'm just focused on this week and I'll make decisions after that.
"There's no point thinking about finishing up when you've got one (game) to go at least."
Our young blokes are pretty good. They know what they need to do ..." *Jason Salecic *