With the news of Shaun Burgoyne signing on with Hawthorn for season 2020, we thought we’d take a look at what next year might have in store for him.
The four-time premiership star already has one of the best résumés in football history, but his CV could be set for a boost if these numbers are anything to go by.
Please note, we do acknowledge some of these involve a level of wishful thinking but, keep in mind, we are talking about one of the most magical players an AFL field has ever seen.
● Eight more senior games will see Shaun Burgoyne pass Robert Harvey and move into fifth place on the all-time AFL/VFL games list.
● 24 more appearances would see him become just the fifth player ever to notch up 400 career games.
● 22 more games would draw Burgoyne level with John Kennedy Jnr in 16th place on the club’s all-time games tally. Amazingly, he is also 20th on Port Adelaide’s.
● If Silk plays in 10 wins in 2020, he will sit second all-time for most career wins behind only Michael Tuck.
● If Burgoyne plays in Round 23 next year, he will become the 14th-oldest player of all-time to play a game of VFL/AFL footy and third oldest of those that have played since 1991.
● If he plays the final game of the home and away season next year, his career will also become the 15th-longest ever.
● If Burgoyne plays in four finals next year, he will equal Michael Tuck as the most experienced finals player of all-time with 39 finals to his name.
● Another 420 disposals to his name would see Burgoyne enter the top 20 all-time for disposals. Across 22 games, this would require a disposal average of 19 disposals per game.