An explosive utility player who became Queensland's second Brownlow Medalist in 2001, was a key member of the Brisbane Lions triple premiership sides of 2001-02-03 and was named first rover in the Queensland Team of the Century. Born in Mildura but a product of Mayne, he was an All-Australian Teal Cup selection in 1994. Made his AFL debut in 1995 and played 248 games for 307 goals with the Brisbane Bears/Lions until 2006 before a much-publicised split with coach Leigh Matthews saw him head to the Western Bulldogs to finish his career.
Was a 'good' player prior to ‘98, and was transformed into a 'great' player when Matthews switched him to the back pocket in '99. He won All-Australian selection in 1999-2001-02-04, took the Jim Stynes Medal in International Rules competition in 1993 and claimed the Lions B&F in 1999 and 2005 on top of his Brownlow Medal. Blessed with extraordinary kicking skills and wonderful finishing capabilities, he was used through the midfield and as a goal-kicking forward in his later years as he took on a massive media profile which ruffled feather at the Lions and ultimately prompted his departure.
An AFL Life Member, he extended his career to 292 games and 376 goals by the end of the 2008 season.