Player Danyle Pearce has advised the Club that he will retire from SANFL League Football.
A product of our junior program, Danyle first debuted for the Club in Round 11, 2004. He went on to play 258 AFL Games and his many achievements include:
2006 NAB Rising Star Award
2006 International Rules Series Player
2006 PAFC Gavin Wanganeen Medal
2006 AFLPA Marngrook Award
2007-2015 Indigenous All-Stars Selection
2018 Peel Thunder Best and Fairest
2018 TABtouch WAFL Team of the Year
2019 Senior State Team
A message from Nathan Grima:
To return to his home club after 258 AFL games and share his knowledge shows how much the club has meant to Danyle. Whilst we know Danyle could still play comfortably at SANFL level, I respect the fact that his priorities need to be directed at his family and the next phase of his life. Everyone that played with Danyle this year has relished the chance to play with him and learn from his AFL experience. We wish him and Tara well in the future.
A message from Danyle:
I’d like to thank Sturt Football Club for the opportunity to come back and play for this great club.
It was an amazing experience and something I’ll hold dearly, [including] the opportunity to play with some great teammates and also watch the next wave of talent coming through the ranks.
I would loved to have continued on another year with the boys and fight for a SANFL premiership.
But I have realised the time commitments required to achieving this goal is starting to impact and limit my chances to watch my children begin participating in their chosen sports and life.
I therefore have decided to step aside from SANFL football. This gives me the chance to watch the young core of Sturt Football Club players come through and be successful but also gives me the time to watch and participate more in my children starting sporting life.
I’d like to thank Sue Dewing, Chris Thredgold, Chris Trapp and Nathan Grima for everything they have done over the last 12 months. And lastly thanks to every player and teammate over the last year.
I wish you nothing but the best in the future.