TWO HUNDRED CLUB ON the eve of his 200th NRL match, Manly captain Matt Orford has revealed the day he almost walked away, fearing his career would never get off the ground. The tenacious 30-year-old will crack the double-ton in Monday nightÃ¢Â€Â™s round 25 clash with the Gold Coast Titans at Brookvale Oval. The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the Fulton-Menzies Stand, named in honour of Sea Eagles greats, Steve Menzies and Bob Fulton. But the somewhat forgotten honour of OrfordÃ¢Â€Â™s milestone also deserves attention, with the plucky Manly captain overcoming a five-year period of reserve grade football in the late 1990s before establishing himself in the game today. Ã¢Â€ÂœIt was a hard time,Ã¢Â€Â he said yesterday of playing reserves at the Bears before his top grade debut for the Northern Eagles in 2000. Ã¢Â€ÂœI was working full-time as a posty and playing reserve grade. Ã¢Â€ÂœFive years behind JT (Jason Taylor) at North Sydney was tough. Ã¢Â€ÂœHe was a great player and never got injured.Ã¢Â€Â Times were so tough, the Gosford junior approached then North Sydney boss Bob Saunders to get out. Ã¢Â€ÂœI sat down with Bob Saunders and I said look; Ã¢Â€Â˜I donÃ¢Â€Â™t see myself getting a start at this club ... I might have to go look elsewhereÃ¢Â€Â™,Ã¢Â€Â Orford said. Ã¢Â€ÂœHe told me; Ã¢Â€Â˜youÃ¢Â€Â™ve worked so hard, keep working hard and you just never know. Ã¢Â€ÂœHe told me (ex-Eagles coach) Peter Sharp had a big opinion of me and I was on the verge of getting a start. Ã¢Â€ÂœThat kept me on track. Ã¢Â€ÂœItÃ¢Â€Â™s a hard slog to be a reserve grader for that long.Ã¢Â€Â Orford eventually did leave the Eagles at the end of 2000, but not before making his debut against the Tigers at Leichhardt Oval in May that year. Ã¢Â€ÂœI was like a chook without a head, we got beat and everything went really fast,Ã¢Â€Â he said of his debut. Ã¢Â€ÂœI worked night shifts then, so I was finished later in the afternoon and went to work that night. I did that for a half a season, thatÃ¢Â€Â™s all I could deal with then.Ã¢Â€Â Kick off on Monday night is 7.15pm.