Benjamin John has played a stack of footy in Port Morseby and played international rugby league with the Kumuls but the proud Papua New Guinean says he'll feel more at home than ever this Sunday at Parkes.
The star rake has again linked with the Spacemen and will this weekend play his first game at Pioneer Oval in nearly a decade when the red, white and blues host Wellington in round two the 2019 Group 11 premiership.
John's first club in Australia was the Spacemen and his explosive play out of acting half helped Parkes to the 2010 title.
He scored three tries in the Spacies' 32-12 win over Wellington and won the Bob Weir medal, too.
He played at Parkes in 2011 and helped the club to the grand final that season as well, but then linked with Bathurst St Pat's in Group 10, winning another title in 2014 and the Dave Scott medal, for good measure.
John played with Cowra in 2018 and initially returned to St Pat's for a brief stint this pre-season but the livewire hooker says he's now, finally, back where he belongs.
"It's like home to me," John said of his connection to the Parkes club.
"That's where I came to from New Guinea and Spicey (Parkes president Joe Spicer), I'm good mates with him, he wanted me to get around the Spacemen and I said 'righto'.
"It's been nearly nine years since I've played at Parkes so it's going to be a good feeling being back on Sunday."
As you know when you get older your speed goes away and you grow a bit of a tummy.Benjamin John ahead of his first game at Parkes in eight years.
John is now in the veteran class but will bring plenty of experience to a young Spacemen side in 2019 - not too many players in the region have won man of the match medals in two grand finals, in two different competitions.
He's a big-game player and returning to Parkes this Sunday will bring out the best in the former Group 11 and Western Division rake.
Even if some of that speed around the ruck has gradually diminished over the years.
"As you know when you get older your speed goes away and you grow a bit of a tummy," the Kumuls international laughed.
John lined up against the Prime Minister's XIII in 2007 and 2009.
"It's a really good group and I'm hoping with my little bit of experience we can have a good year.
"I can't tell what's going to happen later on, only God knows. All I can do is prepare."
That preparation this week focuses on a new-look Wellington with one very familiar face.
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Premiership-winning Spacemen star Dennis Moran has joined the Cowboys in 2019 and will likely play opposite John at hooker for the maroons.
John's expecting a tough clash at Pioneer Oval, much sterner than the Spacemen's opening round 86-0 thrashing of Westside, anyway.
"Wello is always tough, they always have a good side so we'll have to be our best," he added.
"The boys, from what I've seen last week, the Parkes boys are young and played really well. I'm looking forward to playing and coming up with some combinations."
One of those combinations John is hoping to rekindle is with old 2010 teammate Epi Sodrodro.
The evergreen Fijian lock will again play with the Spacies in 2019 and John can't help but laugh when talking about the legendary Parkes forward.
"It's good to be back with Ep," he said with a chuckle.
Parkes takes on Wellington at Pioneer Oval on Sunday, league tag kicking off at 11am.
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