The Rabbitohs’ first Platinum Member has renewed his Membership for 2016 on this, the very first day of going on sale – 33 year old Peter Rutten taking the honour.
Season 2016 marks our 15th year since reinstatement in 2002 – the starting point of the Club’s loyalty program, with some 3000 Members now eligible to become Platinum loyalty Members for the very first time.
For proud Rabbitoh Rutten, 2016 Membership couldn’t have gone on sale soon enough, with the now Platinum Member eagerly counting down the days.
“I was getting really excited seeing the countdown to Membership going on sale – I was thinking ‘hurry up, I want to renew now!’,” said Peter.
“It feels absolutely fantastic to be a Platinum Member.
“I’ve been a Member for 15 years and to reach Platinum Membership – it just feels so special to be recognised in this way.
"I’m honoured because I know there’s only going to be something like 3000 of us out of a huge Membership base.
“It’s been an emotional ride for everyone who has been on board for so long, going from the tough years to last year’s Grand Final – it just feels like family.
“To go from something like 5000 Members to over 35,000 last year – it shows how much passion there is for the Club out there.
“We just seem to keep on growing every year and I’m sure we’ll keep on doing that from here on.”
Rutten has urged other Rabbitohs to Stand Above the Rest in 2016 to play a real part in the Club’s next Premiership campaign.
“It’s so special to be a part of this Club,” said Peter.
“Jump on board! I’ve tried a few different Membership packages, from being in the Burrow to being a Three Game Member, and there really is a package to suit everyone.
“The team needs us again in 2016, and I’m just proud that I can be a part of it.”
In recognition of becoming a Platinum Member, eligible Members will receive a recognition certificate, Platinum Rabbit Keyring, Platinum Member Pin, Platinum Member Lanyard and acces to an exclusive Platinum Member Event.
Inclusion in the Club’s loyalty program is automatic upon renewal or purchase of your yearly Membership.