Ahead of his 200th game this week, Matt Ballin has re-signed with the Manly Sea Eagles for another two seasons until the end of 2017.
The veteran hooker will become just the third hooker to play 200 games for the Manly club and with two premierships in his career so far, he has had success.
As for re-signing with the club, it was a decision that was always going to happen for Ballin.
â€œFor the past nine and a half years I have proudly represented the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, and my family and I couldn’t be happier with the opportunity to remain a one club player,â€ Ballin said.
â€œMy family and I would like to thank the Penn family, Geoff Toovey and staff for their loyalty, as well as past and present players that I have played with. I play the game because of the friendships and bonds that are formed within a rugby league team.â€
He was quick to praise everyone involved with the club during his time so far, including sponsors, fans and members.
â€œIâ€™d like to thank the sponsors, members and fans who tirelessly support us week in and out, through good and bad. Without your passionate support, the club would not exist,” said Ballin.
â€œFinally, I would like to thank my wife Shannan and children, Fletcher, Murphy and Mackenzie for their unwavering love. I know my career would not have been possible without your motivation, advice and sacrifice.â€
Still only new to the club as a leader, CEO Joe Kelly knew how important was to re-sign Ballin, a fan favourite of many Manly fans.
â€œMatt encapsulates everything we look for in players at our Club â€“ hard working, committed and professional,â€ Kelly said.
â€œHe is a truly valued clubman and ambassador. We are thrilled to see him extend, knowing that he will finish his NRL career at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.â€
â€œMatt shows incredible leadership and commitment on and off the field and Iâ€™m pleased to see that continue into the future.â€
For coach Geoff Toovey, having worked with Ballin for almost a decade, he has seen first-hand the commitment and desire the veteran has to succeed.
â€œMatt is one of the toughest players to ever wear the jersey,â€ Toovey said.
â€œHe puts in every single week, leaving nothing on the field and I couldnâ€™t be happier that he has re-committed to the Club.â€