WITH three premierships, various coaching roles, charity operations and a lifetime of dedication to the club, it’s fair to say Luke Holz has pulled his weight at the Singleton Greyhounds.
He’s seen a lot of change through his time in the side.
And, it’s fair to say he’ll see a lot more in the years to come following the club’s recent decision to grant him life membership.
He was thrilled to receive such an esteemed award, but was keen to emphasise the individual honours aren’t what he plays for.
“It feels amazing, it was pretty exciting to be honest but I don’t do it all for reward,” he said.
“I do it because I love it’s in absolute honour to be recognised in such an elite group of people.
“I didn’t expect this to be honest, I just do it because I love it and it’s my hobby.”
Holz highlighted camaraderie as one of the reasons he has stayed involved with the club for so long.
“The sport is just mateship, the challenge, the teamwork and I think when you look at the Greyhounds we’ve got a pretty big supporter base and we’re pretty community orientated,” the 36-year-old said.
“And we involve our families, it’s not just boys running a muck and having fun playing rugby league, we generally take our families along and enjoy the ride.”
Having been part of the club for over a decade, he said he can’t envisage a future where he’s not engaged in some way, even though he does’t play anymore.
“Whether I’m formally involved or informally involved I’ll definitely be connected with them,” he said.
The premiership player retired in 2014, after having won first grade titles in 2007 where he took part in the last match played at the Singleton Showground, 2008 and 2012.
He currently coaches the under-16 side and has been in a raft of training and development roles in the past, as he’s passionate about bringing the best out of promising young players.
But he’s been a big off field presence too, as he helped organise and participated in an event involving the Special Children’s Christmas Party in Muswellbrook.
Players went to meet children and give them a day of fun; Holz recalled the kids excitement to meet what was to them, elite footballers.
“I think it reminds us all that we’re pretty lucky to be able to have a football jumper on and run around compared to what those kids have been through and their families,” he said.
He serves a wonderful role model for the up and comers, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
He paid homage to the club’s board and thanked them for all the positive work they’e done during his tenure
The local legend has clearly been a star on and off the field, and will forever go down as Greyhounds royalty.