GRAFTON will have one hand on the AFL North Coast premiership trophy if it beats Port Macquarie Magpies today.

That is the opinion of club president Rod Sheather, who said the Tigers will be even stronger if they get through the Magpies.

"We still have a few more players that can come back next week," Sheather said.

"We had some of the best numbers we've had in weeks at training on Thursday night. Everyone's pretty pumped."

Sheather referred to the clash as "D-Day", with the Tigers hopes of securing a third consecutive premiership on the line.

"Today is D-Day as far as I am concerned," he said.

"I believe we can beat Sawtell. They are on the same level as Port and if we can beat one we can beat the other."

The Tigers will benefit from the return of several players this week, including vice captain Tim Whalan who relocated to Cairns earlier this year.



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