Ahhh the good old days. The more things have changed, the more Chris O'Sullivan wished they'd stayed the same.
The former Canberra Raiders half isn't a fan of the modern game. Doesn't watch it any more. Doesn't like what it's become. The way it's played.
Raiders half Chris O'Sullivan longs for the way the game used to be. Photo: Craig Golding/Fairfax Media
Liked the way it was. Back when he was playing for the mighty Green Machine. Winning back-to-back premierships wearing the No.6 on his back alongside current Canberra coach Ricky Stuart.
He tried to watch the other week, when he blew the Viking horn before a Raiders game. He tried.
But he did enjoy being around the modern crop. Talking footy. Passing on some wisdom to Sam Williams. Hoping they can emulate what he achieved 30 years ago, when the Green Machine stormed to their maiden premiership.
He knows they've started well. Their four wins from five has them sitting near the top of the NRL table, ahead of their clash against the Brisbane Broncos at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
It's a field O'Sullivan knows well, having played about a quarter of his career there after the Raiders' switch from Seiffert Oval.
O'Sullivan was one of the first 14 inductees
into the Raiders hall of fame earlier this year. The 202-game's career coming to a close a couple of years after the back-to-back triumph.
"I did speak to them the other night, but I didn't watch them play," he said.
"I was giving them a little bit of advice. I think Sam kicks the ball a bit. I said to him, 'Well don't kick it if you can't compete for it. Just remember that'.
"But I wish them all the best. Because they've changed [the game] so much you lose a bit of interest and become disappointed."
The structure. The kicking to corners and playing the percentages. The death of the shoulder charge. And the chip and chase. Not taking advantage of the scrum. The lack of competition at the scrum and the play-the-ball.
These all stick in O'Sullivan's craw.
But that doesn't mean the modern players aren't good footballers. Just thinks the old game couldn't have been that bad. With a coupla rich kids fighting to control it.