WITH a career showing three senior premierships, six grand final appearances and 200 senior games, Brad Edwards will always be known as a legend of the Kyabram Football Club.
If you glanced from the outside, the number of premierships or games is what you would see – and you’d be impressed.
But the sense you get from the Kyabram Bombers internally, is that Edwards has given – and continues to give – so much more than that.
Edwards played game 200 on Saturday, receiving his Goulburn Valley League life membership before kicking two goals and helping Kyabram to its 50th consecutive GVL win.
The co-captain has played in 49 of those 50, and once again played a key role on the weekend as the Bombers romped to a 117-point win over Mansfield.
“It was a great day, to get the 50 wins and play game 200 on the same day was pretty special,” Edwards said.
“We had a function upstairs afterwards too, so to make a bit of a night out of it with a lot of people I would call great friends was really good.”
Edwards hasn’t been short of highlights in his career, having tasted the ultimate success in 2013, 2016 and 2017.
“That first premiership for me was probably my best moment at the club,” he said.
“It’s hard to split them but we had been through some tough losses in the past two grand finals and then to win one with some of my closest mates who I had been playing with for a while, it was really special.”
Edwards debuted back in 2008, while still registered as a thirds footballer.
Over the journey he has played in some special teams, with more than a few incredible footballers.
“For me, probably Paul (Newman), Afro (Chris Atkins) and Jase (Morgan) are the players who stand out,” he said.
“In terms of consistently playing well every week it would be those guys, but someone like Simon Seddon too, who could turn the game in one quarter.”
While gearing up for season 11 of senior football this year, Edwards was offered the co-captaincy alongside Jason Morgan by coach Paul Newman.
He jumped at the chance and it’s a role he has relished.
“I’ve enjoyed it, I guess before I was captain I have always tried to take on a bit of a leadership role within the club.
“When I was younger I had done a fair bit of it and I really enjoy the responsibility that comes with it.”
It’s obvious Edwards loves the club, and the club as a whole loves him back.
“I think a lot of country football nowadays is about what the player can get out of the club, whether it is money or a job or whatever,” he said.
“But for me it’s about what I can put back into the club, because I feel as if I owe it so much.
“It’s where I met my wife, Kirra, and I’ve made so many great mates, blokes I’ll be mates with for ever, so I just feel like I owe the club for what it has given me.”
One of those great mates he has made is Paul Newman, who before the game emotionally praised his fearless leader.
“He is just a great character, and has been a great mate of mine for a long time,” Newman said.
“One of the best virtues someone can have is loyalty, and he has loyalty in spades.
“He has everyone at this club’s back every week – he is a champion of this club.”