Port Adelaide’s retiring stalwart Dom Cassisi says it’s not all about him.
The much-admired Cassisi says Port arresting their slide and defeating Melbourne in Sunday’s AFL fixture at Adelaide Oval is more important than his farewell.
The 31-year-old says his failing body prompted his decision to retire after the match, but is adamant he’s got one more productive game in him.
“I obviously didn’t play last weekend and I’m feeling like I’m 18 again, I’m ready to go,” Cassisi said.
“I’ll just give it my best and hopefully we can get a good win, that is most important thing.
“It’s going to be nice to put the jumper on for one last time. I feel up to it, I feel like I have got one more good game left in me.
“But there is so much riding on this game, we need to get back to winning.
“It’s a crucial game for us. That is the over-riding thing, to get on the winner’s list again.”
The Power enter the fixture with four losses in their past five games, slipping from top spot to fifth.
And while keen to honour former captain Cassisi in style, Port coach Ken Hinkley said a victory was paramount against the 16th-placed Demons.
“That is the most important thing for us as a football club – we need to play well to make sure we get in the winner’s list and get our season back on track,” Hinkley said.
“It’s certainly not a long way off track. But the last couple of weeks have been a bit of stumble for us.
“We just need to make sure that we play well and hopefully we will deliver a performance that Dom will be proud of and part of.”
Cassisi’s return forced midfielder Kane Mitchell out of Port’s side, while Melbourne, seeking a fifth win of the season, dropped Matt Jones from their side.