Jack Stephens to retire.

Jack Stephens “Squid” has advised the Club that he will be retiring at the end of the 2019 SANFL Finals Series.

A product of Sturt’s junior program, Jack made his league debut in round 2 of the 2011 Season.

He played 138th league game last weekend against Glenelg. He is keen to increase his tally during the finals series.
His numerous achievements include:
2019 Senior State Team Captain
2018 Bob Marshall Most Courageous Player Award
2019 & 2018 Senior State Team
Sturt Vice-Captain (2019, 2018, 2017)
The Advertiser SANFL Team of the Year (2018, 2017)
2017 & 2016 League Premiership Player
2016 Jack Oatey Medal
2016 Peter Motley Best Finals Player Trophy
2014 James Thredgold Jewellers Players MVP Award
2009 State Under 18’s Team
2008 Under 17’s Premiership Player

We wish Jack all the best for the future and thank him for his services to the Club as player number #1158.

A message from Senior Coach Nathan Grima:
“Jack has made a huge contribution to Sturt Football Club over a long period of time, I feel fortunate to have been able to coach Jack in his final year at the club. On field he is a fierce competitor, reads the ball to intercept as well as anyone I have seen and you know what you are going to get from him week in week out.
Off field he is an integral part of our group and a role model for all our younger players, he has a genuine care for the club and everyone involved within it. We look forward to seeing him around the club as much as possible in the future and we will be doing everything possible to send him out the right way.”

A message from Jack:
“Sturt Football Club is its people – supporters, administrators, volunteers, players, coaches. I thank you all.
In my time, the Double Blues community has shown an unwavering passion for the Club. Together with hard work and generosity, this passion has seen the Club achieve great success in recent years. I am lucky to have been involved in this success and have confidence that it will continue.
I will treasure the friendships I have made, the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned.
It will be sad to leave, but Sturt will always be my second home.”

Click below to relive some of Jack’s best moments.