He won a premiership with Penrith back in 2003 and now ageless forward Joe Galuvao believes his Sea Eagles side is one of the best teams he has ever played in.
The 33-year-old veteran of four clubs has revived his rugby league career on the northern beaches and is on the verge of claiming his second premiership.
"It’s unreal," Galuvao told NRL.com moments after his side’s 26-14 preliminary final victory over Brisbane.
"We have worked so hard all year and especially in preseason to get to this position.
"To be in another grand final with another club is a very special thing.
"I've been involved in some great sides, but this crop of young guys is right up there with the best teams I have ever played with."
Manly will go into the grand final with a lot of experience - eight players who started against Brisbane have already tasted success in rugby league’s showpiece event.
"A majority of this team has been in grand finals. It helps, especially us older boys, we have a lot of experience,” Galuvao said.
"Especially in grand final week, it is a big occasion and everyone wants a piece of the pie, so we will just have to keep a level head about it and know that we still have a game to play on Sunday."
Manly will watch tonight's game between the Storm and Warriors to see who they will take on in the Grand Final.