Phil Badior plays 200 games for Clarence Town Rugby Football League Club

Milestone: Phil Badior, pictured with daughter Addison has become the third member to play 200 games for the club. Picture: Maureen Foot, FootPrints Creative Photography

Milestone: Phil Badior, pictured with daughter Addison has become the third member to play 200 games for the club. Picture: Maureen Foot, FootPrints Creative Photography

When Clarence Town Cobras hooker Phil Badior burst through the specially-made banner marking his 200th game, he only had eyes for his daughter.

It was for little Addison, at his wife's Jacinta's encouragement, that he strapped on the footy boots and went one more season with the club.

"To be honest I was half tempted to not play this year because we had the (last) year off and it was hard to get motivated again, but she wanted me to play," he said.

"I leave home at 5 o'clock in the morning and get home at 6 so I don't get to see the family too much on Tuesdays and Thursdays."

His return to the field prompted some of the club's previous players to return.

"I've pretty much said this will be my last year so a couple of fellas are having one more year with me," he said.

In his 200 games for the club since 2007 Badior has racked up 62 tries and 709 goals, scoring 1666 points.

In the 2015 season alone he scored 15 tries and kicked 109 goals from 126 attempts to amass 278 points.

He is the club's third player to reach the 200 game milestone - a feat also achieved by Stephen Maytom and Cayle Middleton.

Born and raised in Seaham Badior played all his junior football in Raymond Terrace, signing up with the Cobras when he bought a house in Clarence Town.

He has played almost every season for Clarence Town since - bar two.

In 2020 Clarence Town didn't field a team because of Covid 19. Despite winning the grand final in 2015 Clarence Town couldn't field a team in 2016 so Badior played for the Dungog Warriors for a season.

"We (Dungog) made the grand final that year, we lost, but is was still a good year," he said.

Despite playing footy since he was a kid and playing in countless grand finals, that 2015 win with Clarence Town remains the only grand final win of his career.

The win ended a 34-year premiership drought when the club produced a memorable 80 minutes of footy to defeat the Kotara Bears.

"We had a lot of players from Dungog and Raymond Terrace and everywhere that helped out we were the underdogs and just came out and wiped them off the park."

He said he is most proud of the first year he played he got player of the year in 2007.

"That was a pretty big thing for me," he said.

"Then of course a grand final win, that was hard to top."