Kade Simpson continues to rewrite the Carlton record books each season.
However, he’s not resting on his laurels. At the moment, he just wants to continue playing footy: even after 329 games.
Carlton got the job done in the sweetest and most nerve-wracking way possible on Saturday night, holding on to defeat Essendon by a point.
On the night where he surpassed John Nicholls for games played, Simpson said the sense of occasion was one which would grow over time.
“I don’t want to say it was just another game, because once I’m retired I’ll be pretty proud of it,” Simpson said.
“At the moment, I just want to win and play footy.”
Speaking to Carlton Media in 2018, Nicholls described Simpson as “a true icon” of the Carlton Football Club.
As humble as ever, Simpson was lost for words when asked what the comments from ‘Big Nick’ meant to him.
“I did see [what he said]. I don’t know what to say about it,” he said.
“He’s an absolute ripping bloke and I’m lucky enough to have met him quite a few times. He just loves the Club and the greatest player of all time at Carlton.
“They’re pretty good words — I was a bit flustered.”
Carlton members: look in your inbox for a behind-the-scenes first look at the latest edition of Spotlight on Simpson’s record-breaking game.
The full video will be available to the wider public on carltonfc.com.au tomorrow.