Taking a phone call from Wayne Bennett can be intimidating enough.
Taking it while in the middle of a pig-hunting adventure near Dunedoo with a few froths under your belt?
Strangely enough, Michael Weyman knows exactly what that's like.
"I s--- myself to be honest," Weyman joked.
"It took me by surprise because I hadn't told anyone St George Illawarra were interested and the only one I told was dad ... and he doesn't say anything.
"I sobered up pretty quickly."
The voice on the other end of the phone could see the potential in the, then, Canberra firebrand, seeking the isolation of the state's Central West as the rugby league world doubted whether he would ever fulfil his potential.
Weyman was at the time serving a six-game ban for king hitting Titans forward Daniel Conn. A career was at the crossroads. In stepped the master mentor.
"I guess before I came to the Dragons I was a frustrated footballer which is probably the reason I got sent off, suspended and all that kind of stuff," said Weyman, restricted to just 47 games in six years with the Raiders.
"Things weren't looking really good. I was probably a bit sick of it and thought coming to the Dragons I would give it one last crack. The rest was history."
State Of Origin and Australian jumpers followed. The drought-breaking premiership also arrived in 2010.
But a statue? Surely Weyman never thought the man who has made a habit out of turning everything he touches to gold could help immortalise the big Horse in bronze?
"Never ... I was approached about it and I was a bit funny," Weyman recalled of the head-turning sculpture in his home town of Moruya.
"I spoke to Wayne about it and I asked Dad [who has the town's oval named after him] about it.
"The town wanted to do it - and it wasn't something I asked for - so I just embraced it. I'll never forget Moruya.
Added wife Alison: "I think Wayne is responsible for how Michael has grown as a person.
"It's amazing that when someone believes in you and has faith in your ability what you can achieve.
"When he came to Wollongong and came to the Dragons there was no stopping him. The whole club believed Michael could do the job and he didn't let them down."
But for all his pig-hunting, beer-loving, no-nonsense ways, Weyman's membership of the famed front-rowers' union is still not completely sealed.
His diploma in civil engineering would surely have him top of the props. That wouldn't go down well with fellow bookends.
And then there are the tears which will almost be inevitable this afternoon when he bids farewell to the Dragons at WIN Stadium."Michael will definitely have a few tears and I dare say if I get the chance I'll probably have a few tears too," Alison added, juggling 16-month-old Lila and month-old Samuel. "I'll have all my family here and all of Michael's family."
Weyman's family will only be around for a couple of hours though. The Moruya Sharks have a bumper Sunday in store against Bega in the Group 16 grand final.
But they'll have five years of memories following the Red V around the world to harp back on.
"I've loved every minute of it here at the Dragons," said Weyman, who will reunite with fellow premiership-winning prop Neville Costigan at Hull KR.
"Everyone has made me feel so welcome and part of it. It's going to be very sad to take the jumper off for the last time and that will be it," he said.
Meanwhile, the Dragons also confirmed off-contract utility Matt Prior will also play his last game for St George Illawarra today.
The Thirroul junior will join other title-winning teammates in Weyman, Matt Cooper and Nathan Fien to leave after their turbulent year. Prior is yet to announce whether he will stay in the NRL.