PORT ADELAIDE defender Jase Burgoyne will wear the coveted number seven guernsey in 2024.
His father Peter won an AFL Premiership with Port Adelaide while wearing the number seven, so it holds special meaning for the Burgoyne family.
“Family means everything,” Jase said.
“Dad got me to where I am today so to be able to repay my dad by wearing his number is a big deal for me.”
Peter played 240 AFL games for the club between 1997 and 2009, wearing the number seven on-field 195 times.
“I’m very proud,” Peter said.
“I wore that number for nearly 200 games and a premiership with the Power, so to have my son now wear the guernsey, I think it’s a proud day for our family.
“It’s an important number to myself. My father used to wear number seven when he was a bit younger and I’ve also got seven children, so it’s a special number to me.”
Jase was selected at pick 60 in the 2021 draft and went on to make his AFL debut in 2022 following a run of brilliant form in the SANFL.
The now-20-year-old, who previously wore the number 36, embraces the significance of his new number to his family and to the club.
“It’s a pretty big deal for my family,” Jase said.
“I know who’s worn the number before me – dad and Russell Ebert as well, so it’s a big honour for me to wear it and hopefully I can carry on the legacy of dad and the number seven.”
Late club legend Russell Ebert wore the famous number across nine seasons with the Magpies, while his nephew Brad wore the same number for nine years of his AFL career.
While it is an iconic number at Alberton, Peter says he looks forward to seeing his son forge his own path.
“It’s all about Jase finding his own way and making his own mark now,” Peter said.
“He’s got to find his place in the team and it’s all about cementing himself and having a successful career and that’s what I know will happen for him going forward.”
The full list of new player numbers will be revealed on Thursday morning.