The SUNS number six will enter rare air in his 150th AFL game on Saturday at the Gabba, becoming just the third player to reach the milestone in SUNS colours.
Gold Coast is the only club that 27-year-old has known after being drafted out of high school as a 17-year-old, taken as a zone selection in the 2011 AFL Draft.
Now in his 10th season at the club and on the brink of another milestone, he says he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I’m extremely happy to reach this milestone, especially for a football club who gave me an opportunity straight out of high school… and I’m still here to reach that 150,” Sexton said.
A two-time leading goalkicker for the SUNS, Sexton has been of Gold Coast’s most versatile assets throughout the club’s journey but has had his fair of battles along the way.
Injuries, which led to both hip and shoulder surgeries in 2013, plagued the early days of his career.
“It was a bit tough with injuries early on, but I’ve built some resilience in my body and been able to play some consistent AFL footy,” Sexton added.
“My journey has been a different one, I’ve played pretty much every position except ruck in my career.
After moving to Queensland at a young age, playing junior football for Springwood, representing Queensland at both Under 16 and Under 18 levels and being drafted out of high school to the SUNS, it’s only fitting that the 27-year-old will be able to have a large cohort of friends and family in the stands.
“I’m just happy to have family and friends there – I’m extremely lucky to be in that position when there are other players in milestone games who won’t be able to have anyone there,” he continued.
“They love watching me run out probably more than I love running out, it’s why I do it.”
That selfless attitude has been a cornerstone of his 149-game journey and Sexton has made a point of championing a team-first attitude on the Gold Coast.
It’s a trait that’s synonymous with the two players he will be joining on the SUNS 150+ games list in David Swallow and Jarrod Harbrow.
“When you talk about care for each other and care for the footy club, those are the two names I think most in the locker room would say,” Sexton said.
“He (Harbrow) is an extremely humble man who loves his family, and his mates and David is such an approachable guy. I want to strive to be that type of person for my friends.
“My mindset has been team first; I still believe that to this day. As soon as I walked in the doors, I was ready to play any position as long as I get my chance.”