Dream come true for Rocky Dragons fan who met NRL stars
HUDDLED under the mango tree in the backyard, Geoffrey White would listen intently to the footy on the radio.
Never did he imagine he might one day be sitting alongside his heroes for the team photo.
But last week, the passionate St George Illawarra Dragons supporter from Rockhampton got to do just that.
By renewing his Interstate True Believer Red V membership this year, Geoffrey won the chance to fly down to Wollongong and be in a team photo with the NRL side's players.
Geoff, who has now returned to work as a grader, yesterday said he was still in shock.
"It was definitely a dream come true," he said.
"When they rang I thought they were pulling my leg."
Since he was a kid, Geoff has avidly supported the New South Wales team.
"There were no Queensland sides when I was that young," he said.
Apart from a love of the colours red and white, Geoff said he chose the side because of Rockhampton-born Dragons player Rod Reddy.
"That's why I started following them," he said.
"He was a very good footballer."
Throughout the years, Geoff's allegiance has remained strong, even with the introduction of three Queensland sides.
"The Cowboys are second, but I've always stayed loyal," he said.
During his visit to the team's home ground, Geoff met the players and even sat in on one of their training sessions.
Geoff said he also met one of his childhood heroes and former Dragons footballer Craig Young.
He said all of the lads were very welcoming and interested to hear about Central Queensland.
"It was an unbelievable experience."
Geoff encouraged others to get behind their clubs by becoming members.