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400 and out: History-making Hawk’s retirement plan revealed

Hawthorn legend Shaun Burgoyne will play his 20th and final season in 2021, with the club announcing he’ll step into an advisory role at the club after his retirement.The decision leaves it all but certain the 37-year-old will become just the fifth player in league history to play at least 400 games at the highest…

Hawthorn legend Shaun Burgoyne will play his 20th and final season in 2021, with the club announcing he’ll step into an advisory role at the club after his retirement.

The decision leaves it all but certain the 37-year-old will become just the fifth player in league history to play at least 400 games at the highest level, joining Brent Harvey (432), Michael Tuck (426), Kevin Bartlett (403) and Dustin Fletcher (400).

Burgoyne’s final year will be his 12th for Hawthorn, after a 157-game, nine-year stint with Port Adelaide, including their 2004 premiership year.

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“At 37 years of age Shaun continues to set a great example for his teammates through his work ethic and professionalism,” Hawks footy boss Graham Wright said.

“To still be able to compete at the elite level at his age is a true testament to his determination and competitiveness.

“While Shaun will pull on the boots again next year, both he and the club are aware that his AFL career is certainly in its twilight.

“With that in mind, we have worked together on an agreement that allows Shaun to continue playing the game he loves and contribute to the side, while also preparing him for a smooth transition into life after football.”

In 2019, Burgoyne surpassed Adam Goodes’ record for the most games played by an Indigenous player.

He is a four-time premiership player and made the All-Australian side in 2006.

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