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Brett Burton

Games Played 177

Career 1999 - 2010

Debut 1999

Guernsey Number 24

Date of Birth 04/05/1978


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Biography

Brett Burton persisted with football despite twice being left out of underage grand final teams because he was considered too small, and it was a move which paid off as he developed into one of the League’s most exciting players. A State junior athlete, he made his SANFL debut with Woodville-West Torrens in 1998 and caught the eye thanks to his spectacular marking skills. Burton was Adelaide’s top pick at the 1998 National Draft, pick No.16, and he debuted in the first round of action in 1999.

Despite niggling injuries, Burton’s rise continued and his game reached a new level in 2002 when he kicked 52 goals to be Adelaide’s leading goalkicker. Injuries affected his next two seasons but he returned in time to help Adelaide to successive finals campaigns in 2005 and 2006; he finished third in the Club’s goalkicking in 2006 with 41 goals.

A knee reconstruction grounded the Birdman for much of the 2008 and 2009 seasons, but at 31-years-old he returned in style in 2009 to claim the AFL Mark of the Year with a huge grab against Carlton. He retired in 2010 after 177 games and is equal-eighth on the Club’s all-time goalkicking list alongside Darren Jarman.

After five years leading Brisbane’s Physical Performance unit, Burton returned to Adelaide in October of 2015 to head up the Club’s High Performance department. He was Head of Football at the Crows in 2016 until 2019.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
199924212517218592778420
200024988114351494912
2001241414813546181699
2002242551352276128812141
20032416237249793288636
2004241387199662657822
20052420141128011839810544
2006241641272077227910623
200724172417146772239934
200824133423158381969416
20092471544914632511
2010246786421853614
Totals-17726417220466862732952282

Awards

Leading Goalkicker

Leading Goalkicker

2002

Leading Goalkicker

Leading Goalkicker

2008

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2009