‘True club legend’ calls time on playing career after 16 seasons with Petone

Central League club Petone have announced the retirement of long-time player Alex Shepherd-Reynolds who has been a mainstay of the club’s top senior teams since 2008.

Shepherd-Reynolds (33), of ‘ASR’ as he’s known at the club, played his last game on Saturday May 4, 2024, scoring a hat-trick as an overage player in Petone U-20s 3-1 win against North Wellington.

Alex Shepherd-Reynolds … ‘Petone legend.’

Captaining this side, he put together his hat-trick in a 13-minute spell, and was then substituted three minutes later.

The game was a fitting finale for a player who played more than 100 games for Petone’s first team, scoring 32 goals.

His last appearance in the Central League was in April 2022, when he faced a Wellington Phoenix Reserves side full of players now competing in the A-League semi-finals.

Main photo: How Petone acknowledged the contribution of Alex Shepherd-Reynolds through their social media.

In their social media tribute to Shepherd-Reynolds, Petone said: “He was a part of the 2019 squad that won the Capital Premier League and gained promotion back into the Central League.

“Alex has 88 appearances for our men’s reserves/U-2323s team and 28 goals.

“Recently, he co-captained the side to back-to-back league titles and promotions (Capital 2 in 2022 and Capital 1 in 2023).

“He also has a large number of appearances for our men’s third team.

“Alex was also a part of our only-ever men’s squad to win the National Youth Tournament back in 2008.

“A true club legend.”

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