He was one of the Sea Eagles best-ever players and 24 years after his final game in maroon and white Mal Cochrane is still very grateful for the way the club helped shape his life.
And the former champion hooker has accepted an invitation to join the influential board of the Manly-Warringah Rugby League Football Club.
"I still have a lot of passion for the club for the club and that's probably why," Cochrane said of his decision.
"The football club has a special place in the current Sea Eagles family.
"Although the club is privately owned, the football club still holds the preference Share which determines where the team plays, its colours and logo and has two representatives on the Sea Eagles Board.
"I look forward to making any contribution I can."
Cochrane came down to join Manly from Taree United when he was 20 and became an integral member of the first grade side and was named. hooker in the indigenous team of the century.
"Considering where I came from, Manly were really good to me and I wouldn't have changed anything for the world," he said
"It's about giving back,.
"The football club looks after the members and that appeals to me as well."
While playing with Manly he forged a successful career with the NSW: Police.
Since 2001 Cochrane has worked with the Public Service Association where his role is mainly to assist Aboriginal employees.
Cochrane comes to the board after a season where off field dramas at the Sea Eagles grabbed a lot of attention.
"I'm frustrated and disappointed like a lot of the ex-players are about the unwanted publicity, let's say," Cochrane admitted.
"I'd prefer we are not in the media for the wrong reasons but for all the positive things," he said.
"Hopefully whatever is going on there will all settle down."
Cochrane joins former Sea Eagles teammates Cliff Lyons and Darrell Williams on the board.
When they were playing together Cochrane never envisaged they would get together again in the board room.
Cochrane replaces Rory Muscat who resigned due to work and family commitments.
"The board is thrilled to be joined by someone of Mal Cochrane's calibre and standing on the board representing the football club members, "said chairman Bob Stevenson.