It takes more than a debilitating illness to keep this NRL fan down.
Despite still being in remission from Ewing's sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, 14-year-old Matthew Connolly, from Fairy Meadow, said he had "jumped for joy" when told he would be meeting the team that takes out the NRL grand final.
Through a partnership between Telstra and the Starlight Children's Foundation, Matthew will join nine other seriously ill children as official Telstra NRL Ring Bearers at this years premiership grand final on Sunday week.
The avid young NRL fans will spend the day at ANZ Stadium soaking up the atmosphere and cheering on their teams from the sidelines, before presenting the grand final rings to the winners.
Although a little disappointed his favourite team, Wests Tigers, won't be playing, Matt said he now had high hopes the Rabbitohs would claim glory.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said.
"I'm a big fan of football - I used to play when I was little."
Matthew was diagnosed with the disease in July last year and has spent the past year undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and a transplant.
He is now in remission, with tri-monthly hospital check-ups.
Matt's mum, Megan Donald, said the opportunity meant the world to her son.
"He's going to take this with him for the rest of his life - not many kids get this opportunity," she said.