A stalwart refers to player that has stayed at a club for a long time; someone who has been in the team for many years. In addition to a sense of loyalty to the club, the word stalwart also suggests someone who works really hard for the team.
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- Example: Manchester United are hoping that their stalwart defender Gary Neville returns from injury this season.
- Example: Formiga forever: Brazil’s stalwart still shining for women’s football at 42 (Guardian.co.uk, May 9, 2020)
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