Matt neither hair, nor there ... yeah, yeah!
By ADRIAN MILLER
THE 'fro is going to go!
After sporting the greatest head of hair since The Simpsons character Sideshow Bob, the Melbourne Storm's Matt King will be losing his locks this weekend as part of the Leukemia Foundation's World's Greatest Shave.
Since he last cut it in December 2005, King's curls, pictured left, have grown into a high thatch, making him just about the most recognisable rugby league player in the country.
It's a big change for the NSW and Australian representative and a surprise to many of his fans, but he's not afraid his mojo will go when the clippers come out for the coiffure.
"I suppose I'll miss it a little bit, but not too much," he said.
"I've had it off before, it's kind of been on-again-off-again for a while.
"A lot of people are making a big deal about it which is good for the money, but it's not too much of a big deal."
King is an ambassador for the World's Greatest Shave and is hoping he will raise about $10,000 for his 'fro.
The World's Greatest Shave is an annual fundraiser which attracts around 100,000 participants who either shave or colour their hair in return for a donation to the Leukemia Foundation.
It kicks off today and will run until Saturday.
King said the fundraiser provided the perfect opportunity to get ride of the 'do' ? something he'd been contemplating for a while.
"I'm doing a lot of promotions around Melbourne at the moment and I'm hoping people see me do it and might get involved," he said.
"I won't be as recognisable, so I'll be able to hide out a bit more.
"But it is starting to get cold in Melbourne so I don't know what it'll be like."
King's shave on Saturday means tomorrow night's NRL season opener between the Storm and Wests Tigers will be the last opportunity fans will have to see the afro.
And King said he couldn't wait to get back into action.
"The pre-season has flown for me," he said.
"I can't wait to get the boots back on."