Time to farewell our club stal­warts

Wanneroo Times - - Sport - with Josh Kennedy

AN­OTHER footy sea­son has come and gone, just like that.

Al­though you’re play­ing in sud­den death fi­nals at this time of the year, it still comes as a bit of a shock when the fi­nal siren sounds and you’re on the wrong end of the score.

All of your thoughts go­ing into the game are how to win it, what you need to do to ad­vance and then sud­denly it’s over. You start to think about what comes next, the blokes you will never play with again and what you might do dur­ing the off-sea­son.

When any sea­son comes to a close there are al­ways blokes who will never be part of your footy club again. Some re­tire, some are de-listed and some are traded. It’s the na­ture of the game and it’s go­ing to be a lit­tle weird in the locker room next year.

For all my ca­reer at West Coast the No.11 locker has been oc­cu­pied by Matt Prid­dis and af­ter we lost on Satur­day night to GWS his ca­reer is over.

Along with Drew Petrie and Sam Mitchell, he had an­nounced his re­tire­ment, while Sam But­ler called an end to his ca­reer when he needed shoul­der surgery late in the year.

We will miss all of those blokes, but Pridda has been an in­sti­tu­tion at the club. Com­ing off the rookie list he fin­ishes in the top 10 in games played in West Coast his­tory, with 240 games. But it wasn’t just the num­ber of games he played, it’s what he did in them.

He was one of those blokes who gave him­self the best chance to play well just be­cause he was thor­ough in his re­cov­ery from one game and his prepa­ra­tion into the next.

Pridda has set lev­els of pro­fes­sion­al­ism for all of the young blokes to fol­low and hope­fully they do be­cause that will give them the best chance to suc­ceed and have an im­pact at elite level.

Apart from all of that Pridda is just a good, hon­est bloke. He says what he thinks and ev­ery­thing he does is mo­ti­vated by get­ting the best re­sult for the team. We’re all go­ing to miss him.

Dejected Ea­gles leave the field.

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