LAVINGTON has unveiled Australian cricket all-rounder Andrew McDonald as its 2014 No. 1 ticket holder.
McDonald, who played a handful of senior games for the Panthers in the late 1990s, has agreed to be the face of the club’s supporters as the Panthers look to win their first premiership since 2005 this season.
It is believed to be the first time Lavington has had a No. 1 ticket holder.
McDonald, who spent the summer playing cricket for South Australia, said he was looking forward to spending time on the Border.
“I’m really excited to get back involved with the club,” McDonald said.
“It’s the first time in about six or seven years where I’ll have the winter off, so I will be able to get back for some games.
“It’s a good excuse to come home.”
McDonald won Lavington’s reserves best and fairest in 1999 but also managed a few senior games.
“It’s probably been inflated over the years but if I had to guess, it would have been four or five,” he said.
“A bit has changed since then.
“They were still the Blues when I played.”
With former AFL player Justin Koschitzke joining the club over the summer, McDonald admits he has signed up at the perfect time.
The Panthers are considered by some as favourites to win the premiership.
“I had a look at the list the other day and it’s looking good,” McDonald said.
“Obviously Kosi is a huge inclusion.
“Not just for the club, but for the league.”
The announcement of McDonald as No. 1 ticket holder comes as the Panthers launch their new range of memberships for the season.
They have a host of different options available, ranging from $5 to $200.