The curtain on David Rooney’s years of rugby league refereeing may be about to drop in the coming years - however, he will forever remain a referee for life.
That was confirmed late last year when he was awarded life membership from the Group Four Rugby League Referees Association.
Rooney has enjoyed 35 great years as a successful referee, but injury has forced the 55-year-old to the touchlines for the 2017 season.
He will touch judge matches when called upon, but will not referee in 2017, after suffering a knee injury in 2015 that has since taken its toll.
Rooney said that he was honoured to receive the life membership from the referees association, as an acknowledgement of the hard work and determination he has shown throughout his journey, as well as his improvement as a referee.