DON’T expect Henty stalwart Matt Kilo to pack up and walk away from country football after he brings up his 400th club match on Saturday.
While Kilo admits his days of playing “seriously” are numbered, the Swampie ruckman plans to go on next season in a different capacity.
“I have plans to retire but I’ll never say no to a game of footy,” Kilo said.
“Once I stop playing seriously this year I’d like to umpire.
“I’d like to give something back to country footy.
“I was one of those blokes who chatted to the umpires in my younger days and it’s probably my turn to put my hand up at club level.”
Kilo joins Kerry Boyle, Graham Scholz and Brian Klemke as the only Swampie players to reach the milestone.
His father, Bob, played 357 matches.
“It’s a real privilidge to play at one club and play 400 games,” Kilo, 38, said.
“I broke an ankle in 1999 and missed 12 or 13 weeks but that’s about it.”