Sun sets on top career

West Coast Eagles legend and Swan Districts player Andrew Embley. Picture: Marcus Whisson d407492
West Coast Eagles legend and Swan Districts player Andrew Embley. Picture: Marcus Whisson d407492

Embley, who retired from West Coast with a premiership, Norm Smith medal and 250 games under his belt, said coming home to play with the Swan Districts was a great way to finish his career.

‘Swans have been a massive part of my development, especially as a junior and whilst I haven’t played a lot of games at Swan Districts I still love the club and my family is very much Swan Districts,’ he said.

Embley kicked five goals in the tight match against East Perth, but the Royals pulled away in the last quarter, coming away with a 28-point victory and a spot in the preliminary final against Claremont next week.

Embley said he enjoyed growing up in Bassendean and coming through the junior football club’s system.

‘It was great, I had a ball. I can remember as a kid Mum and Dad always used to take me down to Bassendean Oval to watch Swans play and all I ever really wanted to do was play for Swan Districts when I was growing up,’ he said.

The 32-year-old said he counted himself lucky for the stellar career he had enjoyed.

He said he was now looking to the future and hoped not to stray too far from the game.

‘I’ve had an amazing time at the footy club, had a wonderful journey, rocked up to the club as a 17-year-old and have almost been there half my life, so it is my second family and I’ll definitely miss the boys and the friendships that I’ve made,’ he said.