Panthers co-captain Joel Cross has heaped praise on his team-mates and the entire South Adelaide Football Club for supporting him through one of the toughest periods of his life.
Cross, who missed the West End State game and South’s Round 6 clash with Central to mourn the passing of his father Mark, is still overwhelmed by the unwavering level of comfort he’s received from everyone involved at Noarlunga.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 31-year-old said the close nature of the playing group at Hickinbotham Oval had helped him immensely as he overcomes such a significant personal challenge.
As he prepares to play his 150th Macca’s League game against Glenelg on Saturday, the dual Magarey Medallist said continuing to play football was important to him as he enters the twilight of his career.
Making his Macca’s League debut in 2011 after crossing from Scoresby in Victoria, Cross is keen to experience the ultimate success with the Panthers after suffering challenging finals exits in 2014 and 2016 under coach Brad Gotch.
Coupled with the injection of local youngsters such as Liam Fitt and Nathan Kreuger to the Macca’s League line-up this year, it has Cross refusing to rule out playing on in 2019.
He is now also settled in employment off the field, having recently been appointed as the General Manager of the Flagstaff Hill Golf Club, a challenge the tenacious midfielder is tackling with the same ferocity he displays weekly in the navy blue.
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