Centurion: Ryan Farrell racks up 100 games for Ghosts
RYAN Farrell will become the latest Grafton Ghost to play 100 games for the club when he takes on his former club, Woolgoolga Seahorses, on Easter Sunday.
Farrell, the Ghosts' captain-coach, made his first-grade debut for the club when he was 16.
"I came off the bench in my first season of 18s," Farrell said.
"I don't remember too much. I was about 15kg lighter and every
one else were giants."
He left the Ghosts immediately after his run in the under-18s to have a go at forging a rugby league career, and wound up at Brookvale Oval.
Looking back, Farrell admitted he did not enjoy his time at the Sea Eagles, and he left halfway through the year to escape the rush of the city for Newcastle.
"I'd probably be able to cope now, but I didn't enjoy it then," he said. "It was probably a bit leaving home and there's so much going on down there.
"I moved up to Lakes United in the Newcastle competition with my brother and a few mates and had some of the best years of my footy life."
Farrell returned to the Ghosts in 2008 after a single-season stopover at Woolgoolga, assuming the captain-coach role in 2012 from Col Speed.
Although he has hinted at early retirement at the end of every season since, Farrell is adamant 2014 will be his last.
"I'd say I've got about zero years left," he said.
"I'm 100% certain. I just really like the playing squad and I don't want to miss out.
"Blake (Winmill) and Raih (Woodley) will start taking over a bit more this year.
"We're one from one so far and we're looking good. We do have a good team, but we're not getting too far ahead ourselves this year."
Rebels Team of the Century (p44) inside.
1. Mitch Lollback
2. Marty Donohoe
3. Aaron Hartmann
4. Khan Williams
5. Matt Muller
6. Raih Woodley
7. Ryan Farrell
8. Mitch Wicks
9. Todd Cameron
10. Ryan Binge
11. Brett Wicks
12. Ben McLennan
13. Jayden McDonagh
14. Tim Tilse