BIRD by name, Sea Eagle by obsession.
Westdale bricklayer Kris Bird seems intent on redefining the word fanatic.
In his 27 years, he claims to have never missed watching a Manly Sea Eagles game – not a single one.
Not even during the 1997 grand final when Mr Bird, just 12 years old, broke his leg falling from a trampoline hours before the game.
“I still watched the game and went and got my leg plastered afterwards,” he said.
His home is a veritable shrine to his beloved maroon and whites, plastered with Sea Eagles posters, flags, jerseys and street signs.
The family drinks out of Eagles glasses and eats meals on top of Eagles place mats.
So when Manly lines up on Sunday to tackle the Sydney Roosters in the NRL grand final, you better believe Mr Bird will be watching.
His support of the NRL side was hatched while he was still in the womb, with his dad determined to ensure his son followed in his fanatical footsteps.
And it looks set to be passed down another generation.
Mr Bird’s nine-week-old son Noah already has his own Eagles jersey and must bear his dad’s superstitious burden on his tiny shoulders.
“We haven’t lost a game when he’s had his jersey on,” Mr Bird said.
“He’ll certainly have it on this Sunday.”
Despite bookmakers installing the Roosters warm favourites, Mr Bird is upbeat about Manly’s chances in the big game.
“Everyone is writing us off and that’s what we love,” he said.
“I’ll be bloody happy if they can win and very angry if they lose.”