An NRL debut is what most kids dream of, and on Thursday night, local junior Dean Hawkins achieved that very dream.
Hawkins played the final 15 minutes for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their win over the Brisbane Broncos, coming on in the halves as Benji Marshall shifted to hooker.
He was cheered on by a large group of mates from the Matraville Tigers, all donning the jerseys of Hawkins' junior club.
After the game, the 22-year old strolled over to see his mates - and moments later, returned to the sheds with a huge gash in his leg that required 15 stitches.
Sources close to Hawkins confirmed on Friday morning that he tried to 'crowd surf' the group of mates, but slipped and subsequently cut his leg on the railing area.
The playmaker isn't expected to be in first grade next week, with star No.6 Cody Walker set to return from suspension, but will likely be unavailable for NSW Cup duties as well.