Hawthorn veteran Shaun Burgyone will retire at the end of 2021 after signing a new one-year deal, the club announced on Saturday.
The 37-year-old, who has won three premierships with Hawthorn, has played 11 games this season and will bring down the curtain on a glittering career next year before transitioning into an off-field role.
“At 37 years of age Shaun continues to set a great example for his teammates through his work ethic and professionalism,” Hawthorn football boss Graham Wright said in a statement.
“To still be able to compete at the elite level at his age is a true testament to his determination and competitiveness.
“While Shaun will pull on the boots again next year, both he and the club are aware that his AFL career is certainly in its twilight.
“With that in mind, we have worked together on an agreement that allows Shaun to continue playing the game he loves and contribute to the side, while also preparing him for a smooth transition into life after football.”
The announcement means Burgoyne, who has currently played 387 AFL games, is likely to become just the fifth player in AFL/VFL history to play 400 games next year.