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Shattered NRL legend loses Premiership ring when he accidentally donates it to the Salvation Army

Newcastle Knights legend Marc Glanville is devastated after losing his Premiership ring in bizarre circumstances in 1997.

The 56-year-old accidentally threw away the individual piece of rugby league history – as well as his wedding ring and a watch – when he relocated to the Hunter region north of Sydney.

Glanville kindly donated several items to a Salvation Army shop in Jesmond on Sunday – but he didn’t want to take the ring he received after the club’s historic win over Manly.

He soon realized the error of his way.

“I curse myself for not checking (the bag),” Glanville told NBN News.

“Losing that big closing ring is very special and brings with it a lot of memories. It means the world to me.”

A distraught Glanville took to social media on Wednesday after Salvos volunteers were unable to locate the bag in question.

The bag is believed to have been picked up by a passerby when the shop was closed.

Glanville has urged anyone who finds their Premiership ring to contact the police – and is ready to offer a reward.

“If you’re a Knights fan, I’m more than happy to get a jersey autographed for you to put on your wall,” he said.

Glanville made his first grade debut with the St. George Dragons in 1986 before joining the Knights two years later when they joined the competition.

He played well in the 1997 22-16 win over the Sea Eagles at Sydney Football Stadium when Darren Albert’s late try secured Newcastle their first title.

Glanville retired in 1999 after two seasons with Leeds Rhinos in the English Super League and now works locally for Scaffconnect.

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