Ethan Lowe had barely set foot on home soil when he received the call-up as 18th man for Queensland in State of Origin III.
The Argus caught up with him last week when he helped run a training session for the Boars' under 18s, and while he waited to get home to his Nan's roast dinner.
"It's something special to be able to try and give something back to the club where it all started," he said. "I grew up playing here and all I ever wanted to do was play footy for the Gundy Boars. If I can help these young boys in any way it's a positive," Lowe said.
It was "happy days" as he was to head into camp. "I can't wait to get into camp and see the boys, and to help QLD do whatever I can to win (this) week. I was there in 2016 and just being a part of it is a pretty cool experience."
With Gillett in doubt for the decider due to injury, Lowe is one step closer to taking the field.
Origin is a tough time but despite a few recent losses, Lowe says the Bunnies aren't doing too bad. "We're still second," he smiled.
"It's tough, especially for teams that have a few boys out. Once Origin is done and dusted we can put our focus back on the club and finish off the season strongly."
The move from the Cowboys to Rabbitohs has been a bit of change but one Lowe is "really enjoying". "I lived down there when I was about 18 or 19 so it hasn't been too big of a shock to the system," he said.
And what about working with 'super coach' Wayne Bennett? "He's great. There is a reason so many people hold him in such high regard. He is a very good coach and a great people person. He is very focused on the team; it's not all what you see on the media."
With news breaking at the weekend that Bennett could return to the Maroons' coaching role, Lowe could play under his mentor for Origin one day too. His strong club form has been rewarded by being named 18th man and shows his versatility. Even if he doesn't take the field, he should be proud of the recognition of his 2019 performances.