Sutton gets teary reflecting on his time in the game
The emotion shown by 300-game Rabbitohs' veteran John Sutton when he reflected on his time in the game sums up perfectly what the occasion means to him.
Sutton was at Kensington Oval on Thursday afternoon to be honoured by South Sydney and his junior club, Kensington United, with a mural of him commemorating being the first Bunnies player to reach 300 NRL games in its 110-year history.
During the event a teary-eyed Sutton took a few minutes to reminisce on his roller-coaster career, in which he acknowledged the two people who have ridden the journey with him - his mum and dad.
"They have been the best parents I could ever ask for," Sutton said.
"I looked over at mum when I was making the speech and she was crying, she got me going too.
"It just made me think about how it's been a long journey at the club. I've had some good times and some bad times and it sort of just all came out, when I was doing my speech."
The one-club player kick started his football days at La Perouse, where he spent two years before the team folded forcing him to make the move to Kensington United.
Sutton played from under-7s to under-16s with the Kensington side, achieving 10 consecutive premierships while making some life-long friendships.
"To see myself on the wall (at Kensington Oval) I was shocked but it's an amazing piece of art," Sutton said.
"I spent some great years of my life playing here and the team we had was a pretty gun side.
"I'm still really close mates with a lot of those blokes in that team today."
Although Sutton's future at South Sydney beyond the 2018 season is yet to be determined, the second-rower said the time that he has spent in the famous cardinal and myrtle colours has been nothing short of amazing.
"I couldn't be happier," Sutton said.
"There's been so many great players that have played here and to be the first to play 300 games for this club, I can't believe it.
"My family loves Souths and just to be able to play here my whole career has been a blessing."
Since debuting for the Bunnies in round 17, 2004, against the Broncos, Sutton has ran out on the pitch in a number positions - centre, five-eighth, lock and second-row.
But one jumper he would of loved to run out in was a representative jersey.
"When I think about that it's probably a little bit disappointing that I didn't play any representative footy," Sutton said.
"But at the end of the day I can't really change that now and I'm not going to let it weigh me down.
"I'm happy with what I've done over the years."