After five years with the Wests Tigers, hometown hero James Tedesco will bid a fond farewell to Campbelltown Stadium on Friday.
The dynamic fullback has just two games left in the orange, white and black before he pulls on a Sydney Roosters jersey next year.
The Menangle resident hasn’t had much chance to reminisce about his career in Campbelltown yet, but he’s sure the final siren of this week’s game against the North Queensland Cowboys will change that.
“I’m sure it will be emotional after the game,” he said. “Campbelltown is the stadium I’ve grown up with, I have a lot of fond memories here, right from my junior days. Playing for the last time in home colours will definitely be a strange feeling.”
The man affectionately known as ‘Teddy’ recalled playing at the stadium in a grand final with Eagle Vale and as part of the St Gregory’s College team. He hoped a vocal crowd would support the team on Friday.
“I know I’m not the fans’ favourite person at the moment but hopefully they can put that aside when we step out and enjoy a great game,” he said. “Ever since that grand final in ‘05 the Cowboys have always given as a great game and it’s awesome to go toe-to-toe with such a great side. My friends and family will all be out to support us on the day.”
Tedesco said it would be a little strange to be wearing different colours to his current teammates next year, but knew the feeling would pass pretty quickly.
“That’s just NRL,” he said. “People will inevitably move on to something else. Mitch [Moses] is playing in different colours now and we still support him and wish him all the best. You need that support from your mates.”
He told the Advertiser it would be an odd feeling to return to Campbelltown next year in the red, white and blue – especially using the visitors’ sheds.
“It won’t change the fact that I grew up here and this will always be my home.”
Tedesco said he had a four-year deal with the Chooks, but couldn’t rule out pulling a ‘Benji Marshall’ stunt and returning home at the end of his career.
“You never know what will happen.”