STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm skipper Shannon Geary is upbeat about his chances of playing in Saturday's Bendigo Football League grand final against Golden Square at the QEO.
Geary has battled a back/sciatica problem, which has hampered him the past six weeks, including last Saturday night's preliminary final win over Eaglehawk when he didn't play in the final term.
"I haven't played a heap of footy over the past six weeks, but it's feeling OK and hopefully, I get through training on Thursday night," Geary said on Wednesday.
"If I get through training OK on Thursday, it will still be day by day and seeing how I feel on Friday and Saturday.
"I think I'll play. I'm feeling good today and pulled up surprisingly better than I thought I would have last Sunday... it has improved each day."
This Saturday's grand final will be the Storm's first in their short five-year history, while powerhouse Golden Square is gunning for its fifth flag in a row.
Geary says one of the strengths of the Storm - which also has a fitness cloud over Kellan Smith (hamstring) - this year has been their depth.
"If one player doesn't play well, we've got a really good spread across the field where we can cover each base," Geary said.