MATT Keating played his 130th and final game for the Parramatta Eels on Sunday.
The local junior made his debut in the blue and gold in the opening round of the 2008 season and has been the team's No.1 choice hooker ever since.'
In his final game the 27-year-old produced a trademark 80-minute performance, where he again topped the tackle count and kicked a 40/20.
Keating and the rest of the players leaving the Eels were honoured before the final home game last week.
"Being a junior, I've been here for a long time and now it's come to an end, and I need to start a new chapter," the Cabramatta junior said.
It wasn't the farewell Keating and fellow departing Eels Reni Maitua and Pat O'Hanlon were after in their final game in the blue and gold.
The 54-4 loss to Newcastle handed the Eels their second wooden spoon in a row and ensured the team didn't win a game away from Parramatta Stadium in 2013.
The one positive were the debuts of Kenny Edwards and Joseph Ualesi which brought the club's debutant list to 10 — the most in the NRL.
Coach Ricky Stuart said the development of the younger players has been the main positive of 2013.
"I think we've debuted a couple of very good first graders for the future," he said. "You saw another one on Sunday in Joey Ualesi; we've had Kelepi Tanginoa this year, and Junior Paulo, who for that type of result was very good."