Champion keeper Sam Coates has announced his retirement from Premier Cricket.
The end of an era and a distinguished career record that will surely stand alone for many years to come.
That's the legacy that Sam Coates will leave behind as he hangs up his gloves and steps down as first eleven keeper and acting captain.
Paul Amy writes eloquently about Sam's career in an interview with Bryce McGain and is a 'must read' insight into a career that spans 10 seasons spread over 13 years from 2004/05 through to 2016/17.
Not one to put himself ahead of the team, Sam rates the 2011/12 One-Day and Twenty20 Premierships as highlights of his time at Prahran.
He considers himself fortunate to have played with the likes of Chris Rogers, David Hussey, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Jason Arnberger, Jon Moss, Bryce McGain and Julian Wiener amongst many others he will not name for fear of missing someone out.
"The club has given me far more than I could ever give in return" said Sam who hopes to continue some future involvement with the club whenever he can, possibly with the Past Players Team.
He may have his hands full for a while though as along with youngster Harvey, he and partner Emma are expecting their second child soon.
On behalf of all True Blues players, officials and supporters we wish them well and consider ourselves fortunate to have shared an outstanding career.
Sam's record speaks for itself and is documented below:
In addition, Sam hold numerous club records and awards: