King will chop locks
FORMER Casino and Marist Brothers rugby league player Matt King can't remember much about the time he cut his famous afro on the Northern Rivers.
"The people on the Northern Rivers probably know how much of a big deal gets made about my hair more than anyone," King said.
"I cut the big afro I had in 1998 after I just won the grand final with Brothers; I think we ended up doing it on mad Monday."
And now the Rabbitohs co-captain will again cut his locks, but this time it will have special meaning for the 31-year-old.
King will be joined by teammates Dave Tyrrell and Chris McQueen when they shave their heads to raise money for Down Syndrome NSW on Channel Nine's The Footy Show next month.
It is a cause close to King's heart after the birth of his daughter Charlie last year.
"When she was born the doctors thought she might have had Down Syndrome," King said.
"It was a time of uncertainty for my wife and I and it really opened my eyes to it.
"It turned out that she didn't have it but since then I've got involved with Down Syndrome NSW and tried to help them."
King says his hair is the longest it's ever been and he will be in good company when he shaves down next month.
"Chris really needs it, he looks like a woman," King said.
"Three is better than one and I'm long overdue for a haircut."
King also knows there is plenty of work ahead for Souths, who have only won four of their eight games this season.
"I wish we were going a bit better than 50%," he said.
"But, the NRL is like a rollercoaster and most of the teams are in the same position."
And whether or not King makes a fairytale comeback to State of Origin is still up in the air.
"Stranger things have happened," he said.
"If I got the phone call, it would be that exciting and I'd be there in a minute."
While he might have State of Origin on the mind, he also knows what he will be missing out on when Marist Brothers celebrate their 100-year anniversary on the June long weekend.
"I've been speaking to some of the boys and I would love to go," King said.
"I'll be very jealous when that party happens and I'm not there."
For more information on the Down Syndrome NSW fundraiser visit www.shaveabunny.com.au.