By ZAC MILBANK
Glenelg captain Max Proud could have easily followed his co-captain Chris Curran into retirement at the end of 2021.
Instead, the Tigers’ premiership defender is determined to play at the highest level he can for as long as possible as he seeks to experience the ultimate success he tasted in 2019.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, the 30-year-old said he was looking forward to laying a solid foundation for the finals with a confidence-building team performance against Central in his 150th League game on Saturday.
Noting that this year’s premiership race was particularly even, Proud isn’t necessarily banking on this being his last finals campaign either.
The reliable backman has whizzed to his 150th milestone by only missing ”one or two” games since taking the best part of a decade to chalk up 100 games due to a series of serious injuries.
Feeling fresh, Proud has enjoyed his season captaining the Bays in his own right while being afforded the opportunity to don the treasured No.5 guernsey in honour of dual premiership skipper Peter Carey.
The project manager at construction company Partek has also relished the chance to usher through the next generation of defenders at Brighton Road in 2022, with Jordan Moore developing alongside debutants Lewis Rayson, Jarrad Parish, Cooper Beecken.