200 game just another match for Lyon
For Jamie Lyon, Monday night’s clash is just enough game despite him reaching a special career milestone.
Lyon will play his 200th game for Manly Warringah when the Sea Eagles do battle with the Gold Coast Titans at Cbus Super Stadium from 7pm.
The outstanding right centre and captain made his club debut for Manly Warringah against Canberra Raiders at Brookvale Oval in the opening round of the 2007 season. Since then, Lyon has scored 78 tries and kicked 456 goals. He is one of four players along with Graham Eadie, Bob Batty and Matthew Ridge to have scored more than 1000 career career points playing for Manly-Warringah.
The former NSW and Australian centre also won a premiership with Manly Warringah in 2008 and captained the Sea Eagles to the 2011 title.
He previously played 70 games with Parramatta Eels (2000-04) and 60 games with St Helens (2005-06), meaning the Titans match will be his 330th in the top grade.
“I guess I can be pretty proud. It is a tough game and a hard slog to put your body through (the NRL) every week,’’ Lyon said.
“It is a tough ask but one I enjoy every week. This season has been frustrating for me. I have missed a few games, not with massive injuries, but with a few niggles that have kept me out for the past few weeks. It was good to return last week and I will be better for the run for it on Monday night.
“I want to play the rest of the season and not miss any more games. I’ve got next year as well so I hope to play as many games as I can.
“I’m still happy here and have got a lot of good mates. I lost a few too but I love this club and the tradition of this place. There are harder jobs out there than this one and we (players) feel pretty privilege to play in this competition.’’
Lyon said he doesn’t feel any added personal pressure as captain to ensure the team maintains their tradition of making the finals over the past 10 years.
“We always love being up there but it is too far down the track to look at the moment. We just have to put a couple of games back to back. We love playing at Brookie and hopefully we can jag a few away games as well,’’ Lyon added.