When I joined Playford Stu was my benchmark. He was a midfielder, as I was back then, who scored goals, got assists and influenced games. He was already well on his way to Playford legend status and I knew I needed to follow in his footsteps if I wanted to do the same.
Having now retired I think it is fair to say Stu is a certified Playford legend. Not only has he played hundreds of games and scored a hatful of goals but he was without doubt one of the most skilful players we've ever had. You forget that Stu couldn't head, tackle or kick with his right foot because of the things he could do with his left.
I will always remember the 2007/08 season when Stu bagged 18 goals. I don't think I've known any other Playford player, particularly a midfielder, to be quite so consistently on fire. Every time he got into a scoring position the ball was in the back of the net.
I can genuinely say it was a pleasure playing with Stu. I just wish I'd got to see him play one game in goal, it would've been amazing!