St Kilda Football Club is proud to unveil its 2020 Indigenous Guernsey ahead of Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

Designed by Matty Parker, the guernsey represents his family, his ancestors and his heritage as a Noongar/Yuet man from the Ballardong region, and signifies how they are always protecting him through his journey in life, as an AFL footballer and as a father.

The seventh iteration of St Kilda's Indigenous Guernsey not only saw significant influence from Parker, but several important contributions from partner Shardah and son Matty Jr.

To know that now a jumper designed by my family will be part of the Round fills me with warmth and pride.

- Matty Parker

Najingawula kuriwu: Together We Rise. Photo: Corey Scicluna.

While the iconic red, white and black panels remain, the new jumper is full of intricate details that reflect his inimitable story.

The goanna that appears to be climbing towards the Saints’ crest is Parker’s family totem and represents his Noongar/Yuet heritage.

The three symbols that sit at the back of the jumper signify family, with one each for Parker, Shardah and Matty Jr.

Two spears represent strength and protection, while the red panel is etched with symbols that signify life’s journey – which for Parker has been long and winding road.

Only two years ago when I was playing footy in WA, I would have never imagined that I would be given this honour by an AFL club.

- Matty Parker

The patterns that adorn the backdrop to the other drawings are the work of Shardah, who Parker credits for shaping him into the man he has become.

St Kilda will wear Parker’s guernsey this Sunday against Brisbane at the Gabba as the red, white and black hunt for a place in the top-four.

St Kilda’s 2020 Indigenous guernsey is now available to purchase online at Saints Locker.