Mark Naley played a modest 65 video games for Carlton, but that figure undersells the mark he left on the club and the then VFL.
Naley, who passed away on Monday at 59, played the bulk of his footy for South Adelaide, previously and after his Carlton stint. Naley followed the year, rounding out a prodigiously talented team that ran away with the 1987 premiership.
Mark Naley imagined in 1982. After a hesitant beginning, Naley won the Tassie Medal as best player in the mid-season interstate carnival that year and his Carlton kind flowed from there. A rover at a time when that was an unique position, instead of one of an amorphous mass of midfielders, he was and would stay an exceptional state of origin gamer.
After Naley was lowered by injury in fourth season with the Blues, he went back to South Adelaide and won the 1991 Magarey Medal prior to retiring 2 years later. He was made a life member of South Adelaide and an inaugural member of the SANFL Hall of Fame, however he maintained his relate to and affection for Carlton.
Maturing, Naley was told that his paternal grandpa was an Afghan. Later in life, he found that Gordon Naley was an Indigenous Australian who battled and was hurt at Gallipoli. He treasured that discovery like another trophy.
Considering that 2016, a series of brain tumours has actually laid Naley progressively lower.