When Sam Burgess and Luke Keary cross the white stripe at Brookvale Oval on Thursday night, the pair will reach new personal milestones, with Burgess playing his 100th Rabbitohs game, while Keary will play his 50th.
Burgess made his NRL and Rabbitohs debut in Round 1 of the 2010 season against the Sydney Roosters, before going on to play an integral role for the Club in the forwards, playing in multiple Finals Series’ as well as the 2014 Grand Final.
Keary meanwhile made his NRL and Rabbitohs debut in Round 12 of the 2013 season before cementing his spot in the Club’s halves – also playing a role in the 2014 Premiership win.
One proud Rabbitoh who knows all about reaching milestones, is Club record holder for the most first grade games played, John Sutton.
The currently injured Sutton eclipsed the efforts of Rabbitohs legend Bob McCarthy in 2014 when in Round 5 of that season, the Souths Junior notched up his 212th first grade game.
Speaking to Rabbitohs.com.au, Sutton said that he is proud of the efforts of both Burgess and Keary.
“It’ll be a special moment for them for sure,” said Sutton.
“To play one first grade game is a huge achievement, so to get to 50 or 100 is certainly something they’ll be pretty proud of. All the boys are proud of them and to be able to do it with such a great Club just adds to it.
“It’s pretty special for myself to think that we’ve all gotten to play together and are reaching those milestones. It’s unfortunate that I can’t be out there with them.
“Having said all that though, they’ll be out to get the job done on Thursday. It will all be about getting the two points – that’ll be the focus and always is.”
Rabbitohs Head Coach, Michael Maguire, has previously spoken about the importance of milestones within the proud Club.
“All those milestones are always very special for any player,” said Maguire.
“Any time someone notches up something special, we obviously celebrate that and that’s one of the things that makes our organisation the place that it is.”
But as Sutton said, it’ll all be about getting the two points come kick-off. With the benefit of 247 games to his name, Sutton re-emphasised the point.
“I guess you might think about it a little bit before kick-off, but it’s all about focusing on the job at hand,” said Sutton.
“For myself, I tended to put it out of my mind a bit. Obviously we celebrate those achievements as a team and as a Club when they happen, but it’s not really until later that you sit back and take it in.
“The boys will be out to do a job and I can’t wait to cheer them on.”