Newcastle Knights winger James McManus is set to celebrate his 150th NRL and Club match on home turf against the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday.
McManus was born in Banff, Scotland before moving to the Northern Territory in primary school. In 2003, he was signed by the Knights and has since forged an illustrious playing career in the NRL.
Coach Rick Stone has described the consistent winger as a rock in the team.
"You've been terrific, you bring plenty of attitude to the team and a great work ethic and a great readiness to play," Stone said.
His first grade and Club debut was Round 1 of the 2007 season on March 18 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Since then, McManus, affectionately dubbed the flying Scotsman, has established himself as one of Newcastle's best wingers, backed up by a raft of representative honours.
The 29-year-old's talent has been rewarded with NSW Origin and Country Origin selection.
In 2013, McManus finished the season as the league's equal leading try scorer with 19 for the regular season.
He's equally respected by his teammates with captain Kurt Gidley praising his ability to lead by example.
"I love Jimmy as a teammate because you know what you're going to get from him every week," Gidley said.
"He's a tough player that leads by example and is a good talker on the field."
McManus' career has had a number of injury setbacks, but his determination and passion to play for the red and blue has proved unwavering since his debut more than eight years ago.
"It's been a tough road, but something I'm really proud of and something I look back on with great memories," McManus said.
"I've got to build great relationships with all the boys here. It's something that is really special to me. I love Newcastle and I love the town."
Gates open at 11.45am on Saturday, with all three grades in action from midday.