He's certainly been one of the more polarising players in Newcastle history, but there's no denying that he's also been one of the most dedicated and honourable. Kurt Gidley is named for his 250th NRL appearance, all for the Knights, this weekend when his side hosts the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.
Gidley eclipses club and league legend Andrew Johns (249 games) and will fall agonisingly short of current coach Danny Buderus (257 games), leaving him as the second most capped player in the Knights history.
Versatile players don't often enjoy the longevity that Gidley has in our great game and that's a huge testament to the work ethic of the man.
While his side has struggled for results in recent seasons there isn't a lot that Kurt hasn't achieved. Part of the 2001 Premiership winning squad (though he only played one game that year) Gidley played 12 games each for New South Wales and Australia either as fullback or from the bench.
FUN FACT: Kurt Gidley was the first player in history to win a match by kicking a field goal in Golden Point Extra Time (Rd 10, 2004 v Brisbane Broncos).
Sadly 2015 is his last season in the NRL having signed to play for SuperLeague heavyweights Warrington from 2016 onwards. It's a career path many have taken before him and he'll link up with several other former NRL players but the atmosphere at Newcastle just won't be the same without him.
Have Your Say: Do you think fans will be less critical of Kurt Gidley after he's left the NRL?