MATT King has become the 23rd life member of Orange CYMS Rugby League Club.
King, a former president and a current committee member, predominantly deals with player signings within the club and said the recognition was a honour.
“I’ve been involved with the club for nine years now,” he said.
“When they announced the life membership I was just in total shock. To get it at my age too, and to get it after such a short period is huge.
“It’s big recognition because there is so few life members. It’s great.”
King conceded he had put a lot of work into the club, but said it was all worth it.
“This club has been great to me and my family,” he said.
“We pretty much fell into it the moment we set foot in the town.”
He said he had seen his fair share of big moments at the club, but season 2013 was the highlight of his era.
“It isn’t just because we won, or because it was the two Orange clubs,” he explained.
“No one has seen that sort of crowd in Group 10 before, it was huge.”
King said he had learnt much of what he puts into practice from his three mentors; former Western Division president and father Fred King, current NSW Country president Jock Colley and Group 10 stalwart Peter McDonald.
“Those three men had a huge influence on my life,” he said.
“I’m still just in shock about the whole thing.”