Kieran McGuinness formally recognised at Laurie Hill Trophy

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Kieran McGuinness’ two-year playing career at the Northern Blues came to an end with formal appreciation last night.(PHOTO: Tim Murdoch)

Kieran McGuinness was officially recognised at last night’s Laurie Hill Trophy in appreciation of his on-field career at the Northern Blues and in football.

The 33-year-old’s career included 26 games for the Western Bulldogs and playing in two premierships as captain for Norwood as they completed a three-peat, while winning the Redlegs’ Club Champion award in 2011.

He came across to the Northern Blues at the beginning of the 2015 season, where he combined brilliance on the field with an unfortunate run of injuries off it.

His maiden year came to an end early after undergoing shoulder surgery mid-season, while his last game in Blue was unfortunately marred by suffering three fractured vertebrae in his neck after an accidental collision against Casey.

McGuinness brought an incredible amount of experience and stability to the Northern Blues’ back six, often holding down the fort in his 16 games for the club.

So often described as the defensive general, his finest moment in a Blue jumper on the field came in Round 3, 2015, when he soared to take the Mark of the Year against Sandringham.

He combined his playing duties with a developmental role at Carlton and assistant coaching role at Northern over the last two seasons.

Formally acknowledged by Northern Blues President Stephen Papal last night, McGuinness said he thoroughly enjoyed his time at Preston City Oval since crossing over at the end of 2014.

“Two years ago when I came across here, I was hoping to give the football club more on-field service but unfortunately it wasn’t quite to be,” McGuinness said.

“This is a great club with great people and I’ll certainly miss not being around as frequently.

“To all the players, you’re a great bunch of people: enjoy the time you spend at a football club, it doesn’t last forever and it’s a special period of your life.”