MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 10: Robbie Gray (left) and Jay Schulz of the Power celebrate during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Richmond Tigers and Port Adelaide Power at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on March 10, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Port part ways with veteran forward Jay Schulz

Port Adelaide forward Jay Schulz will play his last game for the club this weekend, with the Power opting not to offer the 31-year-old a new contract for 2017.

He played 122 games for the Power after crossing from Richmond at the end of 2009, where he spent seven seasons and played 71 games.

Schulz, who managed just six games this season as he battled an ongoing back injury, says he will explore his options to continue his career elsewhere in 2017.

“I’ve loved my time at Port Adelaide and will always be thankful to the club, in particular Chocco, for giving me a chance,” Schulz said.

“While I’m disappointed with the club’s decision to let me go I understand and respect the reasons behind it, and wish them all the best with what I’m sure will be a bright future.

“Personally, I think I have a couple of years of footy left in me and I look forward to developing off-field too. Helping young players get the best out of themselves is a passion of mine and I’m keen to pursue a career in coaching once my playing days are over.

“I want to say a massive thanks to all the supporters who have accepted me and stood by me since I arrived at Alberton. They’ve always made me feel part of the club and I feel I’ll always be welcome back.

“My biggest thanks has to go to my wife, Amy, and our three kids, who have stood by me over a long period. Professional footballers make a lot of sacrifices but their families contribute just as much or more. I couldn’t have done anything without them.”

Schulz has kicked 330 goals in his career and is a four-time leading goal kicker at Port Adelaide.