IT has taken 12 years and playing in two countries for five clubs, but unfashionable utility Todd Lowrie will finally play his 200th NRL game for Brisbane tonight against Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium.
With a record that looks more like a touring band, Lowrie (pictured) has played for the Knights (57 games), Eels (42), Storm (64), Warriors (21) and Broncos (15) since making his debut in 2003.
Ironically, he brings up his milestone against Melbourne, the club he played the most games for, and where he won a premiership in 2012.
After an emotional week for the Broncos and coach Anthony Griffin, who's been told to look elsewhere for a job next season to accommodate the return of master coach Wayne Bennett, Lowrie's story is an uplifting one. He has essentially got to the 200-game mark as much through sheer hard work and tenacity as ability.
Griffin, who maintained a calm exterior at training yesterday despite the turmoil, said Lowrie was the ultimate team man.
"He's a terrific fellow, very professional. We've all learned something and we're all better for the fact Todd has been at this club this year," Griffin said.
"He's a great team man and it doesn't matter if he starts or he gets 10 minutes off the bench, you get the same attitude and the same effort.
"Hopefully he can enjoy a win on his 200th."
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