Port Adelaide captain Steven Summerton has paid tribute to everyone involved in giving him a richly-deserved guard of honour in Round 18.
As he prepares to play his 228th and final Macca’s League match against North at Prospect on Saturday, Summerton said he was very grateful for the show of respect from his team-mates, and rivals, at Central District.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said he was overcome with emotion as he was chaired from the field by fellow Magpies Lindsay Thomas and Jimmy Toumpas as he left Alberton Oval for the final time.
A triple best-and-fairest winner with the Magpies, Summerton said he would miss connecting with the club’s long-time supporters and volunteers, who he has developed strong relationships with since arriving in the Under-17s in 2004.
Making his Macca’s League debut in Round 14 of 2006, Summerton said he wouldn’t be joining a rival SANFL club next season, instead considering linking up with former Magpie and Rooster Jay Shannon to potentially play in the country.
A 3-time West End State Representative, Summerton is also a Player Life Member of the SANFL 200 Club.
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