Only Nathan Fien could get away with telling Dragons boss Peter Doust he was still invaluable to the club.
Only he could joke with coach Steve Price the hot seat he occupies might very well be his own within a few years.
And even describe his retirement as a "sad day for rugby league".
Did we mention a light-hearted attempt to flog the assembled media a loan from his emerging debt and finance business?
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What it did show is that if the 34-year-old body might be gradually slowing down - even though "it's in good enough shape to keep going" - the mind is as sharp as ever.
Just maybe he was meant to finish as a halfback after all, complete with the crowd-pleasing cheek all No 7s like to dish out.
A legacy? Cue the most deliberated response of yesterday's announcement confirming he is to be a departing Dragon at season's end.
"I just want to be remembered how I am around the club at the moment: I wear my heart on my sleeve and when I cross that white line I play for my mates," Fien mused.
"At the end of the day, if you can walk off and look your teammates in the eye and know that you've left everything out on the field and you've given everything for them, I can walk away a proud man with my head held high."
It probably explains his selfless act to volunteer to wear the number seven on the back of his Red V, perhaps the most scrutinised position in rugby league, when Price was short on options this year after Ben Hornby's unplanned retirement.
Maybe hooker would have been a better fit, but Fien had already nurtured Mitch Rein and Cameron King to flourish there.
Price rattled off terms like "tenacious" and "true warrior" to describe the man whose 83-kilogram frame has not only survived but thrived over 14 years in a game punctuated by 100-kilo something behemoths.
But even then it's not his most memorable quality, if his coach is to be believed.
"The greatest achievement I look upon for a player when they retire is when players come up and say they love playing with him," Price said, moments after Fien turned serious to thank the second-year coach for his support.
"I've had a number of players who have come up over the last couple of weeks and say that.
"The perfect example was last week when the Warriors trained after us. All the Kiwi blokes were the first boys on the field and came running out to give him a cuddle.
"That says a lot about the guy."
The resume says a lot too.
A mere 272 games at NRL level, 22 caps for New Zealand including a World Cup win, a State Of Origin appearance with Queensland and that elusive premiership with the Dragons in 2010.
"Those memories . . . no-one can ever take that away from myself or the group," Fien said.
"In terms of what it meant to the Dragons, we hadn't won for 30-odd years. Guys like Dean Young, Coops [Matt Cooper] and Benny Creagh who had been in preliminary finals before and were favoured to take the title out and come up short, you could really feel that pressure when you put on the jersey.
"That's the great thing about being a part of the Dragons as well . . . because there is that history and success behind it, and when you pull it on you feel something special.
"I'm not taking anything away from the Cowboys and the Warriors, they're such young clubs, but there is definitely a difference when you pull on the Red V."
And he'll make a big difference to the Thirroul Butchers too, where he'll call the shots from on the field in his captain-coach role starting next season.
Butchers player Mitch Bate said Fien will definitely be the go-to man for the team.
Nathan Fien's career at a glance
• Age: 34 (born August 1, 1979)
• Junior club: Mt Isa Brothers
• NRL GAMES: 272 (91 with Cowboys, 105 with Warriors, 76 with Dragons)
• NRL debut: North Queensland v Penrith, round 1, February 7, 2000
• Rep career: 22 Tests with New Zealand (2006-12), Queensland Origin (1 game - 2001), NRL All Star (2012)
• World Cup: New Zealand (2008)
• Premiership: Dragons (2010)