JUDE Bolton will join Adam Goodes as a 300-game player with Sydney Swans in a preliminary final on Friday, September 21.
And like Goodes, Bolton has strong ties with Ballarat.
He spent part of his childhood in Ballarat, playing junior football with Golden Point.
In an interview with Sydney Swans Media last year, Bolton recalled his days in Ballarat – playing with Golden Point in the morning and then watching his older brothers player later in the day.
Bolton, 32, made his AFL debut in 1999 after being drafted from Aberfeldie and TAC Cup team Calder Cannons.
The Swans used their first selection in the 1999 national draft to acquire him.
Bolton will become just the third Swan to reach 300 games, joining Michael O’Loughlin and Goodes.
WEST Coast veteran Andrew Embley has heaped praise on teammate Matt Rosa, who is making himself available for selection despite still recovering from a fractured collarbone.
Embley has applauded the courage of Rosa on westcoasteagles.com.au
“Matt’s ability to recover from an injury like that in so few games, it really is a testament to his character,” Embley said.
“He’s suffered a broken jaw, then cracked collarbone, and he’s still putting his hand up to play this week.”
Rosa, from Warracknabeal and North Ballarat Rebels, broke his jaw in round 18 and then in his comeback game suffered the broken collarbone.