More than a decade spent overseas has not dulled former Socceroos captain Craig Moore's appreciation of the Queensland-NSW sporting rivalry.
And the former Scottish and English Premier League star is loving the State of Origin build-up of his Queensland Roar's crucial A-League clash with Sydney FC on Sunday.
The premiership is on offer for either side with both the Roar and Sydney FC locked on 30 points - one behind leader Central Coast - with two regular season games left.
"The old rivalry is there with Queensland and NSW, so hopefully we'll get a fantastic crowd and they'll see a fantastic game," said the Sydney-born, Queensland-bred Moore.
"I'm sure there'll be some tackles flying around.
"It'll be a physical encounter especially in the early part of the game."
Sydney FC coach John Kosmina also did his best to throw kerosene on the fiery interstate relationship.
"It's a State of Origin match, there's a lot hanging on it for both sides," he said.
"If you've been to Suncorp for a State of Origin ... it's a lot more intense than it is in Sydney to be honest.
"That's part of what this season's all about - it's nice to win games but as well it's about having a bit of fun and enjoying these types of occasions because they don't come along very often."
Roar coach Frank Farina went a little further.
"He'll (Sydney FC coach John Kosmina) be treating us with respect and vice versa ... but you know how it is - we hate Sydney, Sydney hate us, so it should be a good game," Farina said.
"I think it'll be physical, but fair.
"You find in clashes like this when there's a lot at stake that players are going to be going in at 100 per cent."
Queensland are yet to defeat - or score - against Sydney FC this season.
Amazingly Sydney FC are yet to lose away this season and will set a new A-League record with at least a draw at Suncorp.
Asked what was the secret to their away form, Kosmina said: "Travelling away from home the players are actually together for periods of time, especially when you get games away from home back to back.
"I think it actually builds their camaraderie, there's a bonding experience involved in it all and that shows up on the park."
Moore has played in some big games in his glittering career that also includes an impressive World Cup campaign.
But even he sounded nervous before a clash that is expected to attract a record Suncorp Stadium crowd for an A-League game.
The corresponding fixture last season drew a crowd of 32,371 - when Sydney downed Queensland to deny the Roar an historic finals berth.
"I didn't think I'd be coming back to Australia and potentially playing in front of 30,000, hopefully, at Suncorp - it's fantastic," Moore said.
"It's a big game because we've got two matches to go and we're a real chance of winning the league if we get the right result on the weekend.
"For me, that's the pinnacle of the season (the premiership) - the team that's been the best all season long."