Newcastle Knights legend Marc Glanville is devastated after losing his 1997 premiership ring in bizarre circumstances.
The 56-year-old accidentally threw out the individual piece of rugby league history – as well as his wedding ring and a watch – when moving house in the Hunter region, north of Sydney.
Glanville kindly donated several items to a Salvation Army store in Jesmond on Sunday – but he didn’t mean to include the ring he received after playing in the club’s historic win over Manly.
He soon realised the error of his ways.
‘I’m cursing myself that I didn’t check (the bag),’ Glanville told NBN News.
‘To lose that grand final ring, it’s very special and holds a lot of memories. It means the world to me.’
A frantic Glanville posted on social media about his predicament on Wednesday after volunteers at the Salvos were unable to locate the bag in question.
It is believed the bag was picked up by a passerby when the shop was closed.
Glanville has pleaded for anyone who finds his premiership ring to contact police – and is prepared to offer a reward.
‘If they are a Knights fan, I’m more than happy to get a jersey signed for them and they can pin that up on their wall,’ he said.
Glanville made his first-grade debut with the St George Dragons in 1986 before linking up with the Knights when they joined the competition two years later.
He played lock in the 22-16 win over the Sea Eagles at the Sydney Football Stadium in 1997, when Darren Albert’s late try secured a maiden title for Newcastle.
Glanville retired in 1999 after two seasons with Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League and these days works locally for Scaffconnect.