And if the Joondalup-based Falcons make the grand final this year he will again be absent, returning at 4pm on the day of the decider from an overseas holiday.
‘Let’s win another flag,’ he told the audience at the club’s season launch last Friday night after his company, Major Motors, was drawn as the winner of the corporate sponsor competition.
‘I won’t be here for it but I will be here for the party if it’s still going at 6 |o’clock.’
For winning the corporate classic, which attracted a record 63 entries, Major Motors will be placed on the back of the team’s guernseys and receive $31,000 worth of signage and corporate hospitality.
Club president Brett Raponi said Mr Howard did a lot of work around the club that went unnoticed by most.
Coach Bill Monaghan said the players had trained hard over pre-season and that competition was tight for league spots.
The premiership team also needed to ‘guard against complacency’.
He introduced co-captains Jay van Berlo and Luke Tedesco and announced new vice-captains in ‘outstanding young men’ Marc Crisp and Matthew Guadagnin. Cameron Branch was named captain of the reserves team.
‘We’re further ahead than this time last year and hopefully we can win another one (premiership),’ van Berlo said.
The corporate classic made about $40,000 for the club, which recorded a significant loss last season. The night’s player auction attracted $36,000. Shane Nelson, Matt Johnson and Andrew Strijk drew the most fierce bidding.
– The Falcons will be at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City with West Coast Eagles players on Thursday, March 20, from 4-8pm for multiculturalism for Harmony Week.