A prolific midfielder/utility who played 200 AFL games with Fitzroy, the Brisbane Bears and Brisbane Lions from 1985-97, was named on the wing in the Queensland Team of the Century and was an assistant-coach of the Brisbane Lions’ 2001-02 premiership sides. A Brisbane-born Wilston-Grange junior, he was Queensland Teal Cup captain, B&F winner and All-Australian Teal Cup selection in 1983, and was a State senior representative at 17 in 1984.
Recruited under the old ‘Form Four’ system, he played 55 games with Fitzroy (1985-87), finishing second in the B&F in his second season and winning it as a 21-year-old in ’87. But despite having a promising career ahead of him in Melbourne he took the first opportunity to return ‘home’ and join the then Brisbane Bears in ’88. Quickly becoming a key figure with the Queensland club, he played 65 consecutive games in 1988-89-90, finishing top four in the B&F each year, but suffered recurring injuries in 1991-92.
Vicecaptain in 1990-91, he bounced back in 1993-94-95 to post three more top 10 B&F finishes and play a key leadership role in a young side. A member of the Bears first finals team in ’95, he had further injury problems in 1996 but at the end of the Bears era he ranked third in all-time appearances behind Roger Merrett and Marcus Ashcroft. Was a member of the first Brisbane Lions side in ’97 and in Round 19 became the second Queenslander behind Jason Dunstall to play 200 AFL games.
He retired at the end of the season due to injury and was honored with the club’s first post-merger Life Membership. Vice-captain of the Queensland side at the 1988 Bi-Centennial Carnival in Adelaide, he represented Queensland 14 times and also played for Victoria ‘B’ in 1989. A part-time assistant-coach and skills coach with the Lion Cubs in 1999 before a full-time role in 2000-01-02.