Kimba – South Australia
A triple Premiership player and 5 x All-Australian, Enright is rightly considered a club and competition star, becoming one of the greatest half backs of the modern era.
Recruited from the Port Adelaide Magpies with pick 47 of the 1999 NAB AFL National Draft, Enright made his senior debut in 2001. In what was a fairly forgettable year for the Cats, Enright was one of the few positives to emerge from the season – playing 16 games and winning Geelong’s best first year player award.
Having served his football apprenticeship, Enright played every game in 2003, helping to lead Geelong’s young midfield in a tough period for the club.
Enright played 22 games in 2006, reaching 100 AFL games and nailing a full-time role among the club’s ball winners.
Like many of his teammates, Enright was simply outstanding in 2007. He was among the Cats best in the thumping Grand Final win over Port Adelaide, gathering 29 possessions.
The 2008 season saw Enright become a household name with his first All-Australian selection. He was again pivotal in the Grand Final, recording 25 disposals in the Cats’ narrow loss to Hawthorn.
The disappointment from 2008’s loss did not dampen Enright’s resolve, elevating his game to be arguably the AFL’s most damaging running defender. He did not miss a game and was awarded his second consecutive All-Australian selection in the process. 22 possessions in the Grand Final triumph over St Kilda and a tie with Gary Ablett Jr for the club’s Best and Fairest were more just rewards for one of the most likeable men in football.
He has since received three more All Australian berths, and was one of the Cats’ key players in their 2011 triumph, highlighted by winning his second Carji Greeves Medal. Playing his 250th game in 2014, Enright’s form of the last few years will be relied upon by the Cats if they are to continue their road to another finals appearance in 2014.
Enright retired in 2016 after playing a club record 332 games in a decorated career in the navy and white hoops. He was a key member of three premiership teams, twice won the best & fairest and earned six All Australian selections.
He will take on a new role with the club in 2017 after agreeing to join the Cats as a development and transition coach.