Many thought that he would not reach it, particularly many Eels fans – but for Eels hooker Matthew Keating, he will play in his 100th career NRL game, against the Canterbury Bulldogs.
In doing so, he will also go up against his brother Kris Keating for the first time in their careers, after an injury to Matthew Keating caused by his pet bulldog last year, prevented the two from going head-to-head.
Keating has been one of the most consistent players for the Eels so far this season, with the dummy-half enjoying a career best year in 2012, despite the Eels being in last position.
“It’s obviously a great honour,” Matt Keating said.
“To play one NRL game is a huge milestone in anyone’s career, and to reach 100 is great, I can’t wait for Friday night.
“Mum and dad have been asked who they’ll be following but I’m sure they’ll just say ‘the Keating boys’ – and it’ll be a big occasion.”
Living in the same apartment, the build-up to the game will be tense, but despite his brother celebrating his 100th career NRL game – Kris is focused on the game itself tomorrow night.
“We had a chat about that this morning,” Bulldogs halfback Kris Keating said.
“Congratulations to him but we’ve got something to do this week and that’s hopefully win the game for us, we need to get on a roll now.
“It’ll be different running out and seeing him in front of me, but that’s the way footy is.
“I’m pretty sure our parents will be pretty nervous up in the stands, but you know at the end of the game we’ll shake hands and move on.”