With three spare premiership medallions, Rennie playing coach Craig Ednie recognised club president Andrew Starr for his tireless efforts behind the scenes.
In front of friends, family and his new premiership players, Ednie called upon Starr in the changerooms before placing a medal around his neck, sending those inside into raptures.
‘‘It was a special moment, we have been through a lot as a club and it won’t probably sink in for a few days,’’ Starr said.
‘‘To be honest, I thought if we didn’t get someone like Craig on board at the beginning of the season we could have been looking down the barrel of folding in a couple of years.
‘‘We needed that injection of players coming into the club and I feel we got that and, to be honest, it has saved us.’’
In true rags to riches fashion, the Grasshoppers snapped a 42-game losing streak in round two and Starr was full of praise for his premiership coach, but he also acknowledged those who do not get noticed for the little things that help a football club survive.
‘‘I can’t comprehend what it means to the guys and supporters who have been through all the hard yards, I can’t really put it into words, they are here more than anyone,’’ Starr said.
‘‘Then you have Craig, he is a little master and he proved that again today (Saturday). Once he put his mind to it, he sought after the group that he thought could get the job done and he has.’’
Starr did not believe his had what it took to win the premiership before the season — he just wanted Ednie to put out a competitive side after not winning for two seasons.
‘‘I honestly didn’t think it would have happened this year and that is being realistic,’’ Starr said.
‘‘I just wanted us to be competitive again, have some wins and play finals football, what made it even more special we did it the hard way and beat Shepp (East), who I thought were the best side all season.’’