EVERGREEN Hawthorn utility Shaun Burgoyne will play on in 2018, with the club announcing on Monday that he has signed a new one-year contract.
The 34-year-old played every game for the Hawks this year and has played the past 105 games in succession.
All up, he has played 184 games for the Hawks since joining the club in 2010 after 157 games for Port Adelaide between 2002 and 2009.
"I'll be going around for season 18," he told hawthornfc.com.au.
"It's a lot of years."
Last Friday he surpassed Andrew McLeod to play the second most games of any indigenous player in the history of the game. Former Sydney champion Adam Goodes tops the list with 372 games.
Burgoyne averaged 20.35 touches and 3.95 tackles a game and in 2018 will comfortably be the oldest and most experienced player at the Hawks following the retirements of Luke Hodge and Josh Gibson.
He said a key to his longevity was the amount of recovery he does after every game.
"As you get older you understand how to look after your body and touch wood, there have been no injuries."
Burgoyne, who has played in one Port Adelaide and three Hawthorn premiership teams, said it will be a wrench looking on in September after six straight finals appearances.
"You want to come back to the MCG and play in front of the big crowds and hopefully it lights a fire in some of the younger guys who haven't experienced that yet."
Hawks list manager Graham Wright said it was great for the Hawks to have Burgoyne play for another season.
"The leadership and experience Shaun brings to the group is invaluable and we are rapt that he has signed on for another year," he said.
"With so many young players now getting their opportunities at AFL level, the guidance and mentorship that Shaun provides is pivotal to their development."