Ever since the tackle that started the NSW State of Origin resurgence, Brett Morris has played the role of spectator.
Morris pulled off a try-saving tackle on Darius Boyd in the series opener in May - even though he had dislocated his shoulder earlier in the game.
Remembered as a hero of the Blues cause when they won the series, Morris has since witnessed the demise of Steve Price and Paul McGregor's push to make them a finals force again.
Morris returned in the loss to Manly on Monday night - the last time he enjoyed a win in the Red V was at Easter weekend in April.
Morris's late inclusion for the 21-12 loss to the Sea Eagles stretches his time without a win at club level back to the Dragons' 20-10 victory over the Warriors in round seven.
"It always sucks being on the sidelines but when you're winning it's not as bad," Morris said.
"To win the [Origin] series after game two was a massive achievement. The boys really wanted to win that game two, that was a decider for us.
"So to win, that was a huge achievement and the boys were so pumped after it.
"I think it would have been a lot tougher if we'd lost and the boys at the Dragons were playing outstanding footy at the time as well.
"It probably sped up my rehab and made me want to get out there a bit quicker."
With matches against the Roosters and the Panthers and the infamous "hoodoo" road trip to Canberra to follow the match with the Tigers, it was vital the Dragons produced their best on Sunday, Morris said.
"If you want to be the best you've got to beat the best sides, and we're coming up against some really good sides in the next few weeks," Morris said.
"The Bulldogs are one of those teams that have been a great side over the last couple of years so they [Tigers] will be on a high after that win last week.
"They've got a lot of young kids in that side and they're playing with a lot of confidence so we're going to have our hands full on Sunday.
"At this time of year wins are so important so we need to get back on the winner's list and win a few more games if we want to be a part of those finals."