Humble hero Enright’s 300 reasons to play on

TRIPLE TON: Corey Enright is still posting polished performances in his 15th year with the Cats. 139277 Picture: Reg Ryan

By JOHN VAN KLAVEREN

FOR a player who has been happy to stay out of the limelight, Corey Enright has been football’s everywhere man this week.
But the triple premiership hero took it all in his stride with the same even temperament he displayed throughout his 299-game career.
He will become the third Cat and 70th VFL/AFL player to reach the 300-game milestone when he runs out against Melbourne at Simonds Stadium on Sunday.
He follows in the bootsteps of 300-gamer John ’Sam’ Newman and club games record holder Ian Nankervis who finished with 325.
Evergreen Enright was best on ground against Port Adelaide last week, immediately sparking suggestions he could play on next year.
But he deflected any speculation with his usual humility, saying he was not even thinking about next year.
“I’m not really thinking too far ahead. I came into this year just trying to enjoy everything that came along, so this week will be big and I’ll try to enjoy it as best I can,” Enright said.
“I’m not really trying to focus on it too much. It might sound like a bit of a cop out but I’m just here to enjoy my footy and hopefully teach some of the young guys coming through the right way to play.“
Now in his 15th season, the 34-year-old’s accolades rank him as the best small defender in the game. Three premierships, five All Australian selections and two best and fairest wins – in premiership years, no less – represent excellent value from a 47th pick in the 1999 draft.
Add to that all-round nice bloke.

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