After a sea sawing career that was hampered by injuries, Connor Blakely has called time on football after 78-games over nine years at two football clubs.
The experienced midfielder has been instrumental for the SUNS VFL team this season, providing a wealth of knowledge and leadership which has subsequently helped the SUNS achieve their best season to date.
The importance for the club as a whole is irrefutable although Blakely is aware of how a fairytale finish is most certainly on the cards.
“It is going to be a fantastic day for the club,” Blakely said.
“It is a really exciting opportunity to finish up on a massive high.”
The SUNS will tackle the Werribee Tigers in an attempt for their first piece of silverware and the retiring Blakely says that a combination of a big ground and a tight-knit group should serve them well.
“We have got a really good bunch of lads that are really close and looking forward to doing well on Sunday,” Blakely emphasised.
“We like the bigger grounds (IKON Park) where we can run and use our flare and ball use.”
Having not played AFL since Round 21, 2021, Blakely has demonstrated the upmost professionalism in a push to return to the top level during his time at the SUNS, although is satisfied of his decision to let go.
“I am really content and ready to let go and get ready for what is next in life,” Blakely stated.
Blakely has loved his time in the red, gold and blue and hopes to see as many supporters there as possible.
“Hopefully as many SUNSS supporters can come down to Melbourne for the game and support us,” he emphasised.
First bounce is at 3:10pm but if you are unable to attend the game you can watch all the action on the Official AFL App, 7Plus & the Seven Network (check your local guide).
The match will also be shown at the Fifth Quarter Bar at Heritage Bank Stadium prior to the AFLW fixture on Sunday evening. Gates open from 2:30pm with free entry until 4:15pm.