Standing in Phelan's way are Gold Coast Knights, looking to double their trophy haul for the season after lifting the Premiership crown thanks to 14 wins in 18 games, leaving them six points clear of runners-up and Grand Final opponents, Burleigh Heads.

Burleigh star Con Boutsianis told that his side "owes the Knights" after two losses earlier this season at Pizzey Park. Boutsianis arrives back on the Gold Coast today from his part-time base in Melbourne and is looming as one of the keys on the big day.

That said, Knights Coach John Stewart has built a formidable team who will go into the game as favourites thanks to the goalscoring prowess that saw them find the net 50 times during the regular season.

Powerful striker Luke Sleight and midfield schemer David Pilic are sure to figure prominently in the clash, but Stewart says it's at the other end of the field where the Knights will be concentrating their early efforts.

"When you play Burleigh you have to be on your toes defensively. If we can do well at the back it will go a long way to helping us get the result we want," he said.

"Obviously we've scored a few this season so we have a few avenues we can get goals from, but our number one priority is to stop them from scoring."

Despite the magnitude of the game, Stewart says his troops will approach the Grand Final like any other fixture, adopting a 'if it's not broke, don't fix it' attitude.

"It's a one-off game and our approach will be no different to what has brought us success so far. It's all about everyone putting in the effort. We'll be concentrating on the doing the things that make us tough to beat and hopefully finishing whatever chances come our way."

Burleigh, under colourful coach Phelan's enthusiastic mentoring, will be keen to erase memories of this season's previous encounters with the Knights.

Another defeat will mean Burleigh ends the campaign empty-handed and Phelan will be relying on his big guns to provide both the grit and spark for his team.

"Con Boutsianis, Peter Grierson, our captain Wade Russell, big Luke Martinero at the back; these are players who can influence games. They've been there and done it all before and they know what is required to win big matches. Having them in the side certainly gives us a better opportunity of winning," Phelan said.

"I'll be bitterly disappointed if we end up with nothing from the season. It'll be a sad old presentation night if there's no silverware for us to display. I'd hate to think I'd developed an allergy to silver after all these years!" he joked.

Phelan is happy to wear the underdog tag for Saturday night's battle and was plentiful with his praise for the Premiership winners, who he says were clearly the best team in the competition.

"The Knights have a great winning mentality and John (Stewart) has done a fantastic job with them. They've been the best side all season and deserve credit for that. We finished runners-up so it's a fitting Grand Final to be fair.

"We know everything about them, they know everything about us. There's no secrets between us and it should be a cracker of a game."

:: 2008 Buffalo Sports Premier League Grand Final at the Croatian Sports Centre (Carrara) this Saturday (6.00pm kick off). Youth kicks off at 1pm. Reserves at 3pm.