Knights member to name new-born after Mitchell Pearce
Meet Shaun Lazenby.
He's a passionate member of the nib Newcastle Knights and he's naming his next child after Mitchell Pearce.
This passionate Knights supporter and his three-year-old son Cooper love the No.7.
So much so, when his wife Jess fell pregnant, there was only one name to bestow upon their next arrival.
"When my wife told me she was pregnant and we found out it was boy later on, I asked my young bloke 'what are we going to name your brother?' He answered in two seconds; 'Pearcey'," Shaun told newcastleknights.com.au.
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"He'll be wearing his Knights jersey running around Charlestown square saying 'go Pearcey', so he wanted to name his younger brother Pearcey.
"It eventuated from there."
It'll even be spelt the same.
The film world has former 007 Pierce Brosnan and the Knights has Mitchell Pearce.
So where did the passion for Pearce stem from?
While he's a die-hard Knights fan, Shaun gravitated to the former Roosters and so did his young fella.
"After Joey (Andrew Johns), I kind of went to Mitchell Pearce as my favourite player," Shaun explained.
"I took my young bloke to pre-season training and the second Pearcey showed up, Cooper could sense my excitement.
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"I've never seen him take to another human, let alone a footballer, as much as he did with Pearcey."
While Shaun's wife Jess grew up in a house filled with St George Illawarra supporters, she's now a proud Novocastrian.
A Knights member for the past two seasons, Shaun said his wife took little convincing to agree on the name.
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"She was on board straight away," he said.
"When we were tossing names around, I went through the whole Knights team and she shot them all down.
"We went through the first names and were stumped.
"The second he (Cooper) said 'Pearcey', we went 'hang on, Pearce is a first name'. It stuck ever since."