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Sinking to his haunches after a gripping 80-minute affair, the ‘emptiness’ that Chris Heighington felt in the moments after the Wests Tigers Preliminary Final loss of 2010 sits with him, still today.

To go so near to playing in a second Grand Final – following on from that of the now famed affair of 2005 – the 33-year-old says opportunities to win titles are all too few.

“To give your all and to go out in that way, after you’ve worked for 11 months to get to that point, it’s an awful feeling,” Heighington said.

“But we’ve got a very similar set up here at the Sharks as we did then at the Tigers. We’ve got those senior heads, and some good kids out wide.

“Looking back, we had opportunities to win. That’s what we don’t want to do this Friday night.

“We want to take every opportunity we can, because these chances don’t come around very often.

“I want to add to the cabinet, that’s for sure.” 

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