Port Adelaide favourite son Justin Westhoff calls time on AFL career

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Justin Westhoff will bring his AFL career to a close at the end of Port Adelaide’s 2020 season.

Drafted in 2006, the 33-year-old has played 280 games and kicked 313 goals across a consistent 14 years at the club.

Westhoff wasted no time breaking out after his debut in round 10, 2007, kicking 34 goals in 16 games as Port reached the grand final.

He won Port’s 2018 best and fairest award after playing out the year around the ground and in the ruck, pinch-hitting inside both arcs when required.

But Westhoff, having been out of the side since round 14, could now retire without a farewell game as the Power chase a premiership.

“I’m not getting any younger – I’m 33 going on 34 – and it just seems to be the right time in my life to move on and try some new things,” he said.

“Having a young family, I don’t want to miss much more of what my kids are doing, so it just felt like the right time.

“Obviously, I’m still looking forward to the rest of this season and hopefully some success at the end of it, but I’m happy with what I’ve done so far and with this being my last year.

“To still be around and to have experienced the things I have over the 14 years, it’s obviously going to be pretty tough to go, but it’s something I’ll look back on in years to come and I’ll be pretty proud of, and to share that with my family and friends is really important to me.

“It goes quickly but there’s no way I would have believed you if back when I was drafted you would have told me I would still be around now and had the friendships I have made, so I feel pretty privileged.”

“Justin is a quiet and unassuming person who doesn’t say a lot, but every word he utters is important,” said Hinkley.

“He has added value to our side with his ability to play a number of roles, and not once has he complained about being shifted week to week or even mid-game.

“Westy is everything you wish all players could be – selfless, humble and reliable. He’s a true team player.

“He is so well respected and valued by his teammates and everyone associated with the club and it’s a mark of his selfless character that he has elected to make a call now on his future so as to avoid any distraction for the team during finals.”

Source: https://7news.com.au/sport/afl/beloved-port-adelaide-veteran-justin-westhoff-calls-time-on-afl-career-c-1323309

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