DRAGONS stalwarts Nathan Fien and Matt Cooper are preparing for two very different farewell experiences at WIN Stadium today.
The match will draw the curtain on their careers - while Fien will be aiming to halt the New Zealand Warriors' finals charge on the field, Cooper will be watching from the stands.
For Fien, a father of four, his 276th NRL appearance will be all about family. His nine-year-old son, Brodey, is a Dragons ballboy and will be taking to the field with him.
"It's going to be a pretty special moment," Fien said.
"Him being so close to the action he's going to be able to share in it with me. When I sit down and look back on it in a few years time it will mean quite a bit.
"The other kids will run down the tunnel when we run out too. I'm looking forward to sharing it with the family, they've been through the roller-coaster through my career just like I have."
Ironically, Fien will be hoping to scuttle the finals chances of the club he played 105 games for from between 2005 and 2009.
It was while he was at the Warriors that he began a 22-match Test career for New Zealand that included an upset win over Australia in the 2008 World Cup final, which he reflected on this week.
"Once I got over to New Zealand it just suited who I was," he said.
"I played some of my best rugby league in that black jersey and some of my proudest moments were standing shoulder to shoulder with those Kiwi boys.
"To this day, I think it was the best decision I ever made in my rugby league career."
Today will be all about the club he helped steer to premiership glory in 2010 when he returned from injury to play an instrumental role in the Dragons finals' charge.
"As NRL players you want to be part of a winning premiership team," he said.
"There's plenty of other moments I can look back on, but as a player to be part of a premiership-winning team for the Dragons, which is such a proud club, is pretty special."
Though a round-26 exit is a far cry from those lofty heights, Fien said he will run out with the same motivation he's taken into all of previous 275 matches.
"My philosophy for my whole career has been playing for my mates. That's all I can do," he said.
"There's no regrets at all. I'll feel very privileged to run out in the Red V one last time. I'll be walking off that field very proud of what I've been able to do in the game."
For Cooper, an injury-plagued 2013 season proved a dress rehearsal for retirement but the former Test and Origin centre says today's match will be the most difficult he's watched all year.
"I've known for a while that this would be my last year but now that the last game is coming up it's really hit home," he said.
"It's been tough, since the announcement, to sit there and watch knowing that I'm never going to run out with the boys again but this week will definitely be the toughest.
"I'm looking forward to it, to celebrate what I've done in the last 14 years for this club and to say goodbye to a lot of supporters who've been great to me my whole career."
As Dragons fans look to the future after a disappointing season, Cooper is looking forward to watching the next player to make the number four jersey [that will today adorn the back of young gun Charly Runciman] their own.
"I've been wearing the number four jersey since 2002," he said.
"I hope I've inspired some young players and new players who come to the club that wear that jersey and I hope they play with the same passion I've played with for the last 14 years."