He has played more than 200 games for the club but Sunday’s season-ending clash against Sydney Olympic will be Nathan Denham’s last in first grade for the Sutherland Sharks.
The veteran goalkeeper has announced his retirement, with his last game in the top grade to be played at his home for nine seasons, Seymour Shaw Park.
Denham, who is also Sutherland’s long-serving captain, will be part of the club’s under-20s finals campaign with the young Sharks having already secured the premiership. League rules allow four over-age players in the youth competition.
Denham released a statement on Wednesday with his advice for players to simply enjoy playing the game he loves.
“Playing the game of football has taken me on a wonderful journey that cannot be described in words. I have learnt so many life lessons along the way and have been blessed with amazing experiences that only football could provide,” he said.
“For 23 years I have given everything to every training session and match I played. I have been blessed to have had a career in the NSW Premier League for 13 seasons, nine of those with my beloved Sutherland Sharks.
“Every time I stepped into those white posts I have given my all to defend them with pride, passion and honour. I can honestly say at the end of my career that I have no regrets and I am very proud of the blood, sweat and tears that went into playing the game I love.
“It has been a privilege and an honour to defend the Sharks badge over 200 times. I look forward to the next chapter in my football journey.”
Denham will focus on his new love, coaching, and thanked his many teammates and coaches as well as friends and family for their contribution to his career.