Brett Peake has played one game for the Albany Sharks after a decorated career at AFL and WAFL level, but says singing the song with his new teammates after their opening-round win was something to savour. For the first time in their history, the Sharks won all four grades on the same day to start the season in great fashion on Saturday. Peake was delighted with his first taste of footy in the Great Southern and bullish about the direction the Sharks are headed. “I’ve been here two seconds but I know the history — the club had only won two games in 10 years,” Peake said. “All the hard work over the pre-season, the sessions and games I’ve played in, you can see it. “The senior management and coaching staff have done a great job and I’ve got this sense of feeling this club is going somewhere.” Peake had not played a game since September 2019 after having last year off because of COVID-19 and his work commitments, but starred in his return with seven goals as the Sharks’ main target in the forward half. A highlight for the Sharks was when teenager Max Baker forced a turnover, won the ball and ran more than 100m to deliver to Peake before the youngster followed up to help his 37-year-old teammate goal from close range. “When I was young, speed and fitness was my asset, but I never really played forward at the highest level so I relished it,” Peake said. “It comes down to smarts and I was able to get on the end of some really good delivery. “That play with Max Baker, I kicked the goal, but it was reward for effort for the whole team which is what footy is all about. “I will try and find the right balance, but ultimately when my body is right, I’ll play midfield, wing and half back.” Having played 118 AFL games with Fremantle and St Kilda to go with 121 league appearances for East Fremantle in the WAFL, Peake said he wanted to pass on his knowledge to the young Sharks coming through. “When I decided to play, I really wanted to test if I can still play, number one,” he said. “Secondly, I really wanted to have an impact on the younger players at the club. I’m not the kind of guy to come down and play and then just walk straight back out the door, so that is really important to me, if I can pass on anything I have learnt in my footy career and help these kids in a small way, then I’m doing my job.” Peake will be in action on Sunday as his Sharks look to back up their first round win when they tackle North Albany at Collingwood Park. In the other round two fixtures on Saturday, Denmark-Walpole will host Mt Barker at McLean Park while Royals and Railways meet in a spicy clash at Centennial Stadium.