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Ben Guthrie - AFL Media  December 1, 2017 2:48 PM

AFL 2017 Round 04 - Hawthorn v Geelong

Shaun Burgoyne is the AFL's oldest player in 2018

HAWTHORN champion Shaun Burgoyne will start the 2018 season as the oldest player in the competition.

The four-time premiership player and Australian captain in the recent Virgin Australia International Rules Series will be 35 years and 152 days at the start of round one, 46 days older than Fremantle veteran Aaron Sandilands.

Western Bulldogs defender Dale Morris is the third-oldest in the AFL (35 years, 83 days), followed by North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite (35 years, 46 days), who signed a one-year deal to play on at the Roos in October.

Burgoyne, who has played 341 career games with Port Adelaide and Hawthorn, needs to play nine matches this season to draw level with Western Bulldogs great Doug Hawkins for 15th all-time on the games played list.

The star Hawk needs to play 13 matches to pass Fremantle champion Matthew Pavlich (14th place), 16 to leapfrog Paul Roos and Bruce Doull (equal 12th), 20 to surpass John Blakey (11th) and 22 to draw level with Western Bulldogs great Brad Johnson in 10th place all-time.

Following the retirements of Nick Riewoldt, Drew Petrie, Sam Mitchell, James Kelly, Robert Murphy and (Adelaide's) Scott Thompson, Burgoyne is joined by Brendon Goddard (312), Luke Hodge (305), Gary Ablett (302) and Jarrad McVeigh (300) as the five 300-game players.Carlton's Kade Simpson (286 games), Melbourne's Jordan Lewis (283) and Adelaide's Eddie Betts (277) are the players in contention to play 300 games this season.

There are 57 players who will be 30 years or older as of round one, 2018.

At the other end of the scale, Sydney draftee Tom McCartin, pick No.33 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft, is the youngest player in the competition in 2018.

McCartin, a mobile tall forward and the younger brother of St Kilda's Paddy, will be 18 years and 82 days for the beginning of the season.

The competition's average age is 23 years and 338 days. Richmond premiership defender Nick Vlastuin (23 years and 337 days) is the closest player to the AFL's average age.

Expectant Bombers fans hoping for finals action in 2018 may also see coach John Worsfold notch his 350th game as a coach if Essendon makes it through to the semi or preliminary final.

Worsfold coached the Eagles in 281 games from 2002-2013. He has led Essendon in 45 matches since taking over at the start of the 2016 season.

Summary of 2018 AFL club lists

 CLUB AVERAGE AGE (YEARS, DAYS) AVERAGE GAMES FINALS 100+ GAMES YET TO DEBUT FROM OTHER AFL CLUBS
ADEL Adelaide 24 192 68 165 14 13  10
BL Brisbane Lions 23 128 54 65  11 12
CARL Carlton 23 244 56 56 7 8 19
COLL Collingwood 24 98 68 116 13 10 12
ESS Essendon 23 355 58 63 9 9 11
FRE Fremantle 23 292 63 144 13 12 8
GEEL Geelong 24 95 65 209 13  12 10
GCFC Gold Coast  23 22 60 31 7 9 10
GWS Greater Western Sydney 24 16 64 143 10 11 11
HAW Hawthorn 24 179 74 265 17 9 11
MELB Melbourne 23 335 57 44 8 9 12
NMFC North Melbourne 23 117  52 107 10 11 9
PORT Port Adelaide 24 50 73 109 17 10 13
RICH Richmond 23 255 62 114 11  8 8
STK St Kilda 23 201 53 32 10 10  13
SYD Sydney  23 343  66 303 11 12 4
WCE West Coast 23 282 64 169 15 16 8
WB Western Bulldogs 23 259 56 129 9 7 6
AVERAGE 23 338 62 126 11 10 10