Parramatta star Reed Mahoney’s good deed could have come back to bite him after the Eels’ 20-14 win over Newcastle at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.
Mahoney put in an impressive performance against the Knights, scoring a crucial try and making 44 tackles as the Eels consolidated their spot in the top eight of the NRL ladder.
Afterwards, while his teammates had retired to the dressing rooms, Mahoney stayed out on the pitch signing autographs and taking pictures with fans.
According to various reports, the hooker was out on the pitch for over 45 minutes post match, making sure that anyone still there walked out with an selfie or a signed ball.
His good deeds even extended to giving his match-worn shirt away to a happy fan.
Not uncommon in this day an age, but given the icy temperatures out west on Saturday, it was a particularly generous gesture.
It wasn’t until after he headed back to the sheds that he realised he’d left his GPS in the jersey.
Not only did the device have crucial information about his performance against the Knights, but they cost a pretty penny.
Mahoney turned to social media to put the call out for the lucky fan who had the jersey and the GPS.
“To whoever I gave my jersey away tonight I’m looking for the GPS in it Pls get back to me ASAP!!!” he wrote on his Insta story.
A few hours later, Mahoney posted a screenshot of the lads who had the jersey. They’d given the GPS device to the barman at the leagues club.
Crisis averted. Lessons learned.
A quality rugby league tale.