Alex Sexton wouldn’t be where he is today without his family.
The Logan-based product comes from a footy-mad family which never faltered in their support of him to pursue his football dream.
He wants to repay them for their role in getting him into the position he’s in today.
After a rocky start to his AFL career with long-term injuries, the goalsneak has finally gotten some continuity into his football and is set to play his 100th game for the club this weekend.
“It is a massive achievement not just for me but to make my family proud,” Sexton said on SEN’s Whateley program.
“Obviously a lot of work goes into the support base you build around you and they’ve been massive for me.
“I will reflect a little bit on the 100th game but just want to back up last week’s effort and get another win.”
Throughout his eight years at the club, Sexton has never been too far from his family.
“I only have to jump on the road and drive for 40 minutes and I’m there with my support base,” he said.
“It is a massive factor for me, we’ve always bounced off each other and my sister and mum and old man are always down the coast as well.
“So just having that close connection so that you can fall back when need be or just generally being around the family is important to me.”
As well as finding his groove on-field - the 26-year-old is currently leading the Coleman Medal after two rounds; Sexton is very settled off the field.
He’s living with his long-term partner Beck and dog Tex, and has just committed himself to the Gold Coast for another four years on a long-term contract.
“My partner’s side of the family is here as well so everything’s sort of on the coast and it’s the reason I want to be around here,” Sexton said.
“I was happy that I got to stay in Queensland and I’m sure all my family members could second that.
“I got to stay at home and play footy at the top level so I’m forever grateful for that opportunity and that’s the reason I’ve signed on to stick around.”
While his focus is and always has been on the team’s performance, Sexton has allowed himself a little time to reflect on his 100 career games to date.
He said he’s expecting a vocal Sexton support crew to make their way down to Marvel Stadium on Sunday for his milestone game.
“I think there’s a few coming and they should be a rowdy bunch,” he joked.
“I’ve got some mates heading down and I’ve got a good family and support base in Melbourne as well so it should be a good one, hopefully we get the win.”