BAYLEY Thompson kicked five goals in his Hampden league debut but he knows his second match will test his skill set.
The Camperdown forward will come up against the competition's defensive pace-setters Koroit in the grand final rematch at Victoria Park on Saturday.
Thompson, 21, said the five-time reigning premier boasted a strong back six.
"It's nothing I have experienced before, it will be a bit different for me," the former Warrnambool and District league player said.
"It will be a bit tougher and I don't know what to expect."
Thompson, who is completing a building apprenticeship in Ballarat and grew up in Port Campbell, joined Camperdown from Timboon Demons in the off-season.
"The last couple of years I've been thinking of playing Hampden league and I'd been talking to (former coach) Phil Carse and this year I decided to give it a go," he said.
"It's been good so far. They've all welcomed me and I knew a few of the blokes already.
"The speed of the game is a lot quicker and training is a lot more intense and there's more people at training."
Thompson said Camperdown had not spoken about its 11-point 2018 grand final defeat in the lead-up to the rematch.
He believes the Magpies, under new co-coaches Neville Swayn and Jack Williams, will embrace the challenge of playing the Saints on their home deck.
He said quick ball movement was crucial to the Magpies' chances of overcoming the Saints.
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