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Burgoyne returns to Port Adelaide

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Retired AFL great Shaun Burgoyne is returning to Port Adelaide to take on a portfolio of key off-field roles, including Indigenous liaison.

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The four-time premiership star hung up the boots last month after a storied 407 game career, the most ever by an Indigenous player and third on the league’s all-time games list.

Several clubs were reportedly keen to recruit Burgoyne, a much-respected figure in the game.

But he and his family are going full circle, returning to their home city and the club where Burgoyne started his outstanding playing career.

“As a family we are all thrilled to be returning home to Adelaide,” he said in a statement.

“Amy and I are both originally from Adelaide so we have plenty of family and friends that will provide great support to us.”

Burgoyne will work in player development and mentoring, plus corporate and government relations, and will be Port’s Indigenous liaison officer.

It is timely news for the Power ahead of Saturday night’s preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs.

“The club is in a great position both on and off the field,” Burgoyne said.

“It is stable, has great leadership and has a playing list that will ensure sustained success for many years to come.

“It is clear that the club is totally united and I can’t wait to be part of it.”

Burgoyne played in 157 games for Port and was a key part of their 2004 premiership team.

He transferred to Hawthorn in late 2009 where he played a further 250 games and won another three premierships.

-AAP

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