By ZAC MILBANK
Don’t expect Sturt captain Zane Kirkwood to call an end to his illustrious career at season’s end now that he’s a fitting entrant to SANFL’s 200 Club.
As he prepares for his 200th Statewide Super League game on Saturday, Kirkwood is well aware there is very little in the game left for him to achieve.
Magarey Medal (two), Premiership Medal (two), Morton Medal (four), Fos Williams Medal (three) – you name it, he’s won them all multiple times.
But the 28-year-old is going nowhere in a hurry, declaring he would like to play on for a ”few more years” as he relishes educating the new breed of League footballers being ushered in at Unley.
Declaring his body is now feeling good after overcoming some niggles a couple of years ago, the Double Blues’ fearless leader remains hungry to again taste premiership success after his experience in 2016 and 2017.
And if that means embracing a new role, he’s more than willing as evidenced by him spending more time in attack the past month after beginning his career as a dashing defender with Port Adelaide in Round 3 of 2008.
Starting his football journey with South Whyalla Football Club, Kirkwood then played with North Clare and Pooraka before arriving at Alberton with the Magpies.
He played 85 of his 199 matches with Port before moving to Unley with good mates Jed Durdin, James Watt and Kory Beard for the start of the 2014 season.
The ultra consistent midfielder’s career has exploded ever since as he’s gone on to become one of the most decorated SANFL players of the modern era.