By ZAC MILBANK
They say the race to the premiership is more of a marathon than a sprint.
And there is no better way to describe Aaron Young’s pathway to reach 100 Hostplus SANFL League games.
Set to bring up triple figures when he runs out for North Adelaide against Glenelg at Prospect on Sunday, Young will have had the opportunity to reflect on his 12-year journey to join the 100-club.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said he was grateful for the manner in which he was accepted at Menzies Crescent upon his arrival via the now defunct ”SANFL Mini Draft.”
Having been selected in the 2010 AFL Draft from Eastern Ranges FC in Victoria by Port Adelaide, Young found himself allocated to the Roosters, where he would make his SANFL League debut in 2011.
He remained aligned to North until 2012 before heading to Alberton, where he predominantly played at the top level as he racked up 76 AFL games for Port Adelaide.
A move north saw Young play a further 24 AFL games for the Gold Coast Suns before deciding to return to Adelaide for the 2021 season.
There was never any question the fleet-footed midfielder would return to Prospect, where he has since lit up the competition in the twilight of his career, earning the 2022 Magarey Medal.
With his Roosters in desperate need of wins to ensure finals qualification, Young is focused on a big finish to the season before deciding whether the 2023 campaign will be his last at State League level.
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