Dudley Kingswinford will be able to count on the backing of England A scrum-half Shaun Perry when they entertain holders Morley in the semi-finals of the Powergen Intermediate Cup on Saturday.
Perry may have enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame since he joined Guinness Premeirship side Bristol from National One outfit Coventry during the summer, playing for England A against Italy three weeks ago and training with the full England squad a week later. But he has not forgotten his roots.
The 27-year-old joined DK as a seven year-old, progressed through the ranks at Heath-brook into the first team and was in the side that was beaten by Old Aldwinians in the Intermediate Cup final at Twickenham in 1999. He is also remains a regular at his local club.
Perry said: "I had some fantastic times at DK and still get down to the club whenever I can.
I've still got a house in Stourbridge and get back whenever I can. Obviously it's difficult to get there as often as I would like but I still keep in touch with the players.
"I didn't go to a rugbyplaying school so all my rugby was played at DK. They are a fantastic club with an excellent youth set-up and I would recommend any youngster in the area who wants to take up the game to join them."
Perry would like to be at Heathbrook this Saturday to support DK but, as Bristol have a Premiership match at Saracens on Sunday, he may have to monitor the semi-final from afar.
But when he does next visit his former team-mates he is likely to present the England A shirt he wore against Italy to go alongside the England Counties shirt which is already on display.
Perry played for North Midlands at both Under-20 and senior levels while he was with DK but his hopes of making an earlier move into the Premiership were ruined when he twice broke an ankle after he had been recommended for trials with Leicester. But he impressed Bristol coach Richard Hill with his performances for Coventry last season and was persuaded to give up his day job as a welder to become a full-time rugby player last May.
He said: "I had a trial with Leicester lined up but then I broke an ankle and missed most of a season.
"I broke the other ankle the following season and had it pinned so I had a few injuries at an important stage in my career.
"But I never gave up hope of playing at the top level. I made a few calls to clubs myself but had a good game for Coventry against Bristol last season and Richard Hill followed up with the offer of a full-time contract.
"That was a big decision for me because I had to give up the welding which offered me job security.
"I've worked hard on my fitness and things couldn't have gone better for me.
"I've had the rub of the green in a few games but I do still keep pinching myself.
"If you would have said when I left Coventry last May that I would be training with the full England side within nine months I would have snapped your hand off."
Perry may have moved on to bigger things but DK's cup run seven years ago remains one of his treasured memories.
"The 1999 campaign was a fantastic experience as a youngster," Perry said.
"We had a big crowd for our home semi-final against Barnstaple and we were well-supported at Twickenham.
"It was disappointing to lose at Twickenham but it was still a great achievement to get there and we still had a good day out."