Wulff has tunnel vision for flag bid
Craig Wulff. Pic: Mogens Johansen/WA News

When the final siren sounded in last year's grand final, Craig Wulff cut a desolate figure.

The East Perth veteran had waited 223 games for his first crack at winning a premiership only to see West Perth take it away from him in a game that lasted less than three hours but seemed to him to go on for an eternity.

The Royals have answered their grand final defeat in strong fashion this season and require just one win from their last two games to secure top spot on the ladder and a home-ground advantage in the second semifinal, giving themselves a golden opportunity to play in another decider.

Wulff, 31, admitted the prospect of claiming that evasive premiership was starting to make him nervous.

Wulff has been in tremendous form for the Royals this season, averaging 26 disposals and kicking 16 goals in his 16 games.

The level Wulff has managed this season is all the more remarkable given he was close to giving the game away after last year's 49-point grand final loss.

Despite his stellar year, Wulff said it was a decision he would have to make again once this year's premiership quest was over.

"Obviously it probably has a little bit of a bearing on the decision but if I'm still capable of playing on I'd definitely think about it," he said.

"I'll talk to the club at the end of the year, talk to my family and see what they think is right."

The Royals head to Bendigo Bank Stadium tomorrow to face fellow AFL alignment side Peel for the third and final time this season.

The West Coast-aligned Royals have beaten the Fremantle-aligned Thunder in both previous games.

The Royals have been ridiculed all season for the contributions of the Eagles players, but Wulff said the bulk of the team's form was being driven by those players who have been around for years.

"I think if you actually looked over the whole season, the East Perth players have done their fair share of work, possibly even more," he said.

"But they (the Eagles) have been absolutely fantastic as well, playing their role. That's all we ask of them."

The West Australian

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