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Westhoff craves flag before retirement

  • Westhoff craves flag before retirement

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 16: Justin Westhoff of the Power celebrates after kicking a goal during the round 17 AFL match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Having stuck around during good, bad and ugly times at AFL club Port Adelaide, Justin Westhoff doesn't want to retire without a premiership.

Westhoff will become the seventh Port player to bring up the 200-match milestone when his side face Sydney at the SCG on Saturday.

The 29-year-old arrived at the club courtesy of the 2006 draft, two years after their premiership success.

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Westhoff featured in the 2007 grand final, which Geelong won by 119 points.

The Power rebuilt under Ken Hinkley and fell one goal short of defeating Hawthorn in a 2014 preliminary final but have since stalled.

"Hopefully I'm around to see some sort of finals footy and hopefully a premiership in the near future," Westhoff said on Monday.

"I definitely want to be around for a few more years to come.

"We've got a great group coming up. We've played some good footy in the last few years but we still haven't reached where we want to go.

"I definitely want to be around for that."

Westhoff noted he was fond of his time at Port.

"I know it's been 10 years now. It's kind of all rolled into one. It's been a bit of an up-and-down journey," he said.

Meanwhile, Westhoff said fellow forward John Butcher had a point to prove in the final four rounds of the 2016 season.

"He's got four games to go to make the club decide if they want him to stick around," Westhoff said.

"The ball is in his court.

"(Coach Ken Hinkley) has given him the chance to prove himself.

"When he's aggressive at the ball there's not too many players who can really stop him.

"But he can be his own worst enemy at times."

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