Star Fremantle forward/midfielder Michael Walters is looking to use the occasion of his 150th milestone to reflect on those most important to him.
Walters will reach the mark this Saturday night when Fremantle take on Essendon at Optus Stadium.
Walters hopes to continue his impressive 2019 form in the clash, with the 28-year-old having one of his career-best seasons to date, averaging 21.2 disposals and just under two goals per game.
“It’s exciting to reach 150 but even more for my family, it’s for them to enjoy too, because they’ve been there from day one for me,” Walters said.
“I’m still focused on this year and finishing off the year strong.”
Walters had an up and down start to his AFL career, sent back to the WAFL in 2012 for not reaching the required training standards.
“In terms of the 150, it’s a good milestone for myself considering where I’ve come from and being sent back (to the WAFL),” Walters said.
“I never thought I was going to play 150, I didn’t think I was going to play 50 or 100 games, so to play my 150th is something that I’ll look back on at the end of my career and be proud of.
“For now, I’m focused on the team and taking on Essendon.”
A proud Freo Docker, Walters said that his teammates along the way have helped add meaning to his career.
“I’m lucky enough to play with guys like Luke McPharlin, Matthew Pavlich, Michael Johnson, Des Headland and guys like that that I grew up watching,” Walters said.
“To come to a footy club like the Freo Dockers was exciting and to look back on my career so far, it means so much more playing with those guys.”