BRAD Ebert may no longer be playing for Port Adelaide in 2021 but his famous No.7 guernsey will continue to get around on the back of a new owner.
Ebert made his retirement official on Monday after 260 AFL games. His final game ended in heartbreak after he was concussed in the final quarter of the Power's six-point loss to Richmond.
The 30-year-old isn't the only Power player departing with the club confirming on Tuesday Cam Sutcliffe won't be offered a new contract.
The former Docker played nine of his 113 games at Port Adelaide after he was taken in last year's Mid-Season Rookie Draft.
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Meanwhile, Ebert announced that he would be handing his number on to wingman Xavier Duursma.
"Xavier Duursma asked me if he could take the No.7 off me and I was thrilled so you'll be seeing the number seven next year, it's just going to be on the back of Xavier Duursma," Ebert said.
"He's a player who plays in a similar manner – he throws himself at every contest and he's a guy who I've really respected and liked as a person.
"He's a ripping kid and he's got a long time to come in the game. I hope to see number seven for plenty of years left."
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Duursma will hand in his number 21 to move up the order after 35 games since he arrived at the club with pick No.18 in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.
Ebert joked that Duursma had wasted little time in asking for the number seven, but said he knew it would be in good hands with the 20-year-old.
"He was very quick. He hadn't really let the dust settle, had he?" Ebert laughed.
"He sent a nice little heartfelt message yesterday and then at the end of it, 'also can I take your number?'"
"No, it was very heartfelt and he's a ripping kid. I couldn't have asked for it to go to someone better.
"He'd always said the number seven was his favourite so I think he'd been eyeing it off for a while.
"I think my (sons) Leo and Henry will keep the number seven on their back because he's a pretty good player to have the number on the back."
The Ebert name and number seven are iconic at Port Adelaide with his father Craig, uncle Russell and cousin Brett among the Eberts to feature for the club.
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