It didn’t take Ben Jefferies long to understand the history of the No.28 guernsey at Norwood.
Worn with distinction by South Australian Football Hall of Fame inductee John Wynne, Jefferies is now cherishing the fact he will join the man affectionately known as ”Two Eight” on the locker at The Parade.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, Jefferies said he was proud to reach his 100-game milestone against West Adelaide at City Mazda Stadium on Friday night.
Originally from the Onkaparinga Valley Football Club in the Hills, Jefferies has developed a strong bond with those at Woods Street, having started in the Under-17s in 2006.
The reliable defender’s persistence is also illustrated by him playing a total of 67 Reserves matches with the Redlegs before cracking the Macca’s League team on a consistent basis in 2012.
After making his Macca’s League debut under then caretaker coach Jarrod Cotton in Round 23 2009, ”Joffa” worked his way into the side midway through the first of three premiership seasons.
Now with three flags on his resume, Jefferies feels he got lucky in 2014 when he also won the club’s best-and-fairest award after toppling arch-rival Port Adelaide in a classic contest at the Adelaide Oval.
Aged 26, Jefferies – who measures in at 188cm and 84kg – says he still has plenty of footy left in him yet, particularly when he’s enjoying the company of his team-mates.