THE oldest player in the game will play on again in 2019.
Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne inked a one-year extension on Monday night, a couple of months shy of his 36th birthday.
With 353 games on the board across 17 seasons with Port Adelaide and the Hawks, the four-time premiership great could pass dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes’ record of 372 games for the most games played by an indigenous player.
Not that the man affectionately known as ‘Silk’ is thinking about that, just yet.
“I haven’t been looking at that. It’s a big task to play each week and commit to playing a physical game. I’ve had a couple of setbacks this year and you’re pretty fragile as you get older,” Burgoyne said on Monday.
“Obviously’ Goodesy’ is a champion player, a great human being and holds the record for a reason.
“I’m more interested in the team success and the team victories.
“I’ve had a fair bit of success during my time at hawthorn, but having that success makes you to get back there and work harder.”
After returning from a second hamstring strain this season a fortnight ago, Burgoyne collected 22 touches and six inside 50s against Essendon on Saturday and has now played 12 games in 2018.
He became just the 16th player in the history of the game to play 350 games earlier this year, and is now just four games away from playing 200 games in the brown and gold, after playing 157 games and wining a premiership at Alberton, before moving to Waverley Park at the end of 2009.
“I’m pretty excited, to go around again is another big decision, another big step. But I’m opretty excited with where the team is at and the players coming through. I think I can contribute,” he said.
“Obviously I’ve had a few injury setbacks this year, but in the games I’ve played this year I’ve been able to play a really good role. I’m happy with that and Clarko has been happy as well.”