Shaun Burgoyne signs for another year of Silk

Shaun Burgoyne
07 Aug, 2018 by Liam Sheedy

Shaun Burgoyne has a signed a one-year contract extension and will play on with the Hawks in 2019.

The veteran has played 12 games thus far in 2018. Taking his career tally to a remarkable 353 in total since his AFL debut for Port Adelaide all the way back in 2002.

The midfielder is incredibly durable. And despite a couple of injury setbacks this year, Shaun Burgoyne still feels he has plenty to offer moving forward.

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“I feel like I can contribute again. Obviously I’ve had a couple of injury setbacks this year, the first in a while. But the games I’ve played this year, I’ve been able to play a really good role. I’m happy with that and Clarko’s been really happy as well so very easy decision.”

Shaun Burgoyne, a superstar journey

The experience and leadership Shaun Burgoyne still offers Hawthorn, both off-field and on, cannot be undervalued.

An All-Australian and four time premiership player, it has been an amazing career. And the classy utility is rightfully viewed as a champion of the game.

Hawthorn Coach Alastair Clarkson was certainly full of praise for his superstar after his 350th game earlier this year. Labelling him one of the best players he has ever coached.

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“We have had some beauties. But he would be on a level right at the top with a whole lot of others. Our club has been really fortunate over the last 10 years to have some really highly-decorated servants play for our club. Great players but (also) great characters and great competitors, and Shaun is one of those.”

The oldest player in the competition only needs 19 more games to overtake Adam Goodes’ record as most games played by an Indigenous player.

Most importantly, Shaun Burgoyne is still performing well averaging 18.6 disposals per match this year. It is an incredible CV and the final chapter is still to be written.

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