FORMER Collingwood defender Chris Tarrant is not used to lining up in red and black colours for an Anzac Day clash.
But the 32-year-old, 268-game veteran will bring a wealth of AFL experience to tonight's State League clash against South Launceston after a career as a key forward and backline specialist, which included winning Collingwood's goal kicking award from 2001-05, an Anzac Day Medal, All-Australian honour and AFL Mark of the Year.
Tarrant said he couldn't wait to get out on the Aurora Stadium surface for a one-off marquee player appearance for the Northern Bombers.
``I've never been to Launceston before but it looks like a beautiful place, the facilities look first-class here and a fantastic surface so hopefully the sun is still shining tomorrow,'' he said.
``Wearing red and black is funny for me because I've always worn black and white and red and black was the enemy but I'm looking forward to the challenge.
``It's quite a young side so hopefully I can give a little bit of experience around the place over the next couple of days after playing the game for 15 years and being involved in six or seven Anzac Day games and winning an Anzac Medal in 2001-02, which is one of the highlights of my career.''
Tarrant said the six months since retiring from the AFL had gone quickly but he was enjoying his football in terms of watching these days and keeping himself fit.
He played a game in the Kyabram District League with some mates a couple of weeks ago and said after being a bit sore he had freshened up and was ready to go in tonight's match.
North Launceston coach Zane Littlejohn said Tarrant would focus on playing his role for the team like every other player.
``I think I will line up at full-back, then centre and full-forward _ I will just work my way up the ground from the backline,'' Tarrant said.