HIS match saving full-body dive to smother the ball off the boot of former teammate Brent Guerra saw Port Adelaide into its first AFL Grand Final, and while that might have been nearly 14 years ago it will forever be part of club folklore.

Ahead of his 350th AFL Game tonight, the Port Adelaide Football Club congratulates Shaun Burgoyne for reaching the significant milestone.

Burgoyne was the Power’s 12th pick in the 2000 AFL National Draft and after being sidelined with injury in his first season, he went on to play 157 games in black, white and teal, kicking 171 goals.

The Mallee Park and Port Adelaide Magpies product won the 2002 pre-season premiership with the Power and was nominated for the NAB AFL Rising Star award in that season, before being part of the club’s historic 2004 AFL Premiership win.

Burgoyne went on to become a member of the leadership group and vice-captain of the club, while also being named All-Australian in 2006.

Somehow in 17 years of football, that has been his only All-Australian nod.

Known as a defender or forward initially, Burgoyne has shown remarkable versatility to play across the ground and deliver on the big stage.

His understanding with Port Adelaide premiership ruckman Brendan Lade was remarkable, with the pair dangerously in sync at stoppages.

At the end of the 2009 season Burgoyne requested a move to Melbourne and was subsequently traded to Hawthorn.

Ironically his career-high five goals was scored for Port Adelaide against Hawthorn in Round 3, 2003, a feat he also achieved in Round 13, 2002 against the Western Bulldogs when his brother Peter booted six.

Now a four-time premiership player, Burgoyne will go down as one of the game’s greats and the Port Adelaide Football Club is honoured to have played a part in his remarkable career.

He will forever be a part of the Port Adelaide Football Club family.

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