FORMER Horsham footballer Jake Lloyd reached 100 games in the AFL for the Sydney Swans on Friday night.
The milestone was all the more impressive as he became the fastest Sydney Swans player to reach 100 senior games.
Lloyd reached 100 AFL games in four years and 22 days, which also made him the equal third quickest player in AFL history alongside Glen Jakovich to reach the century mark.
“Making 100 games is a pretty special achievement,” Lloyd said, speaking to Swans TV last week.
“It wasn’t that long ago I remember running out for my first game. It has come around pretty quickly. It’s not something I’ve sort of thought about. I’m here to win premierships and playing in those grand finals in 2014 and 2016 have been highlights, but not the results I’ve wanted.”
Lloyd has had a good run with injuries since being recruited to the Sydney Swans for the 2013 season.
He has played at least 20 games in every season since then.
“I think there is a little bit of luck involved. I haven’t had any significant injuries,” Lloyd said.
“Once I got the opportunity I really wanted to grab that. I didn’t start playing AFL until I was 11 or 12. Once I hit 15 or 16 I wanted to play AFL. I’m so grateful for the opportunity the Swans gave me.”
The Swans came away with a win on Friday night against Hawthorn.
Lloyd picked up 36 disposals, a game high, and was among the Swans’ best in an eight-point win.