Burgoyne A Chance For Top Five

Star Hawk could overtake Harvey

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Hawthorn superstar Shaun Burgoyne could enter the top five of most games played in VFL/AFL history if everything goes right for him next year.

Burgoyne, currently 12th on the list with 358 games to his credit, needs 26 games to overtake fifth-placed St Kilda legend Robert Harvey (383). 

That means Burgoyne would need to play every home-and-away game and four finals in 2019 to surpass Harvey, so the Hawks would have to make the grand final. 

Burgoyne has proven to be very durable since joining Hawthorn from Port Adelaide in 2010, playing a minimum of 16 games in each of his nine seasons with the Hawks and failing to play 20 games in a year on just two occasions (2010 and 2018).

The 36-year-old has only played 26 games in a season once before – back in 2015. 

While overtaking Harvey might seem like a tough ask, he still has the potential to zoom up the list with Simon Madden (378), Craig Bradley (375), Adam Goodes (372), Bernie Quinlan (366), Brad Johnson (364) and John Blakey (359) all within striking distance.

If Burgoyne plays 15 games in 2019, he will replace Goodes as the most-capped Indigenous player in the history of the game.