Alex Tait is set to make his 100th appearance in Newcastle Falcons colours this weekend when his side make the trip to Jersey in the RFU Championship (kick-off 3pm).
The 24-year-old former Bernard Castle pupil has played alongside a smattering of household names during his five years at Kingston Park.
And Tait, who hails from Shotley Bridge, is delighted to reach the magic milestone as the Falcons continue their march back to the big time.
“I’m very proud to have reached this point, and not many people can say that they have made 100 appearances for their club,” said Tait, who will be looking to make it ten league wins out of ten this season with victory over the Channel Islanders.
I’ve had quite a few injuries during my time at the club, and I’m only 24 so to be making my 100th appearance is very pleasing.
“It’s actually taken me by surprise as I was totally unaware, but it is an achievement that I’m obviously very proud of.
“It would have been nicer to be making my 100th appearance at Kingston Park in front of the home fans, but the games are coming thick and fast and I'm just glad to reach the milestone.”
Recalling memories from yesteryear, Tait admits there are two games that will live long in the memory.
He said: “The 35-3 win at Bristol in a relegation decider a few years ago sticks out in my mind, and it was such a great atmosphere in the changing room after the game.
“Also, a couple of seasons ago we had to go to Sale and win to make sure that we were safe from relegation. We won, and again the atmosphere in the changing room after the game was immense with UB40’s Red Red wine blasting out.”
Playing under a string of different bosses during his tenure on Tyneside, Tait is relishing the new management structure at Kingston Park headed up by experienced campaigner Dean Richards.
Tait said: “When I first came to the club we had a lot of household names, but they have since moved on and I guess over time we lost a bit of stability with so many changes.
“But Dean will be looking to bring a lot of stability back to the club and at the moment he is doing just that.”
It is fair to say that the talented full-back has played alongside a series of big name players down the years, but one name is the cream of the crop according to Tait.
“Matt Burke is by far the best player that I have played with,” said Tait.
He added: “He is an unbelievable player, who hardly ever made a mistake – obviously Jonny Wilkinson was an exceptional player but the way that Matt carried himself was absolutely top class.
“I also admired Jamie Noon as a player, and I thought he was a hell of a player with his abrasive, no-nonsense approach to the game – he was a great professional.”