JOSH Hyde has been involved with Port City right from day one.
So it seems fitting he will become the first player in the club's history to play 200 games when the Breakers tackle Old Bar Beach.
He was there in 1994 when the Cavaliers were born, spent a season with the Vikings in 2015 and has returned from five broken arms along the way.
Otherwise, he would have achieved the milestone earlier.
Club great Peter Hesse has been waiting three seasons for someone to wear the special "200" jersey because the five-eighth has been that close.
A few other factors have meant the process has been drawn out for the last three seasons, but on Saturday it will finally happen.
"I said to him I hope you've been stretching it over the last three years because otherwise I won't fit into it," Hyde said.
Hyde is also closing in on 150 first grade games and is expected to pass that mark before the end of the 2019 season.
"To me, that's more of an achievement to reach 150 first grade games," he said.
"But to play 200 games for the club that means a lot and has looked after me since 1994 is pretty special.
"You repay the club by playing that many games and I've never done anything wrong by them."
The stint with the Vikings in 2015 provided the time for Hyde to reignite his love for footy before he returned to the Breakers in 2016.
"2017 I didn't play because in '16 I broke my arm pretty bad at the start of the year," he said.
"I've had five broken arms so I've missed a bit of footy which cost me playing in the 2011 grand final."
Hyde admitted in recent years he had also been motivated by his family - sons Maverick, Mason and Korbyn along with wife Stacey.
It enabled them to contribute in a significant way to the family atmosphere provided by the Breakers.
"Having the kids now ... family-wise it's a great club and Stacey loves being around it," he said.
"She was involved with coaching the under-6s with Maverick a couple of years ago and she puts her hand up to help out."
The Breakers stalwart said his family also contributed to his decision to rejoin the club in 2016.
"Mav was only six then and he wanted to see daddy play footy again when I had my broken arm," he said.
"But when I started coaching and saw the kids want to see me play, that was a big thing in me still playing now.
"I'm enjoying my footy more this year more than I ever have.
"Having the kids around, you forget about those other injuries you battle in the season because when you go to work Monday and Tuesday you don't really feel your body."
The Breakers will look to make it two wins in a row at Regional Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.
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