Life for Hildebrandt
- Thursday, 06 February 2014
Shaun and Indiana Hildebrandt after the 2008 premiership win.
WAFL journeyman Shaun Hildebrandt says qualifying for life membership at Subiaco would be an honour and was a major factor in his decision to return to the club ahead of season 2014.
Hildebrandt played 118 games for Subiaco between 2006 and 2011, 32 shy of life membership.
“I did miss the club when I left a couple of years ago. It’s the most professional club I’ve been a part of, great blokes, great coaches and the chance to achieve life membership would be a huge honour.” Hildebrandt said.
Originally recruited from Peel Thunder, where he notched 60 senior games, the 29-year-old has spent the last two seasons at Swan Districts where he played 42 senior games and was crowned club champion in 2012.
The wingman’s time as a Lion is already speckled with accolades including back-to-back premierships in 2007 and 2008, WA selection in 2008, 2009 and 2010 plus the 2009 Outridge medal as club champion.
“To win another premiership would be nice, 2007 and 2008 were the highlights of my career and I think with the list we have now and the coaching staff we have now I think we can definitely give it a shake this year.” He said.
The return to Leederville also provides Hildebrandt with the chance to play under one of his premiership teammates, Jarrad Schofield.
“He’s a bit harder than what I thought originally, he’s a good bloke and he knows his stuff. It was one of the reasons for coming back.” Hildebrandt said
“Schoey’s been around for a long time and played at the elite level, he’s got a great knowledge of the modern game so for me he’s been fantastic.”
With a remarkable 220 WAFL games under his belt Hildebrandt is showing no signs of slowing down having averaged 24 disposals per game since 2007.
“I think doing pre-seasons is the key and then keeping yourself fit, plus doing the right things off the field as well and you’ve got to have a bit of luck as well.” He said.