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Shaun Rehn

Games Played 134

Career 1991 - 2000

Debut 1991

Guernsey Number 52

Date of Birth 17/08/1971

Biography

Three knee reconstructions in a decade did not stop Shaun Rehn from being one of the most influential ruckmen of his era. At 203cm, Rehn combined a powerful presence in the centre square and at stoppages with marking strength, courage and astonishing skill. Rehn was only a few months out of country football when signed by Adelaide.

From a wheat and sheep farm near Arno Bay on the Eyre Peninsula, he had only played a few under-19 games for West Adelaide in 1989 and then two league matches late in 1990, when he won the Mail Medal in his country competition. He played six AFL games in 1991 and confirmed his standing as one of the Club’s great finds when he was best afield in the last game against North Melbourne, collecting 24 possessions and 20 hit-outs.

His rapid development continued, in 1994 he was named an All Australian and won the Club Champion award. But in round three of 1995 he suffered a torn ACL. Three games into the 1996 season, the right knee buckled again, and he was out for another season. His courage and commitment to returning to the game was rewarded with two premiership medals in 1997 and 1998

Rehn took some time to regain top form but he lifted for the grand final (when he discarded his knee brace) and by 1998 was an All Australian again. He also polled 22 Brownlow votes, finishing fourth. He endured a third knee reconstruction, this time on his left knee, before the start of the 1999 season but was able to play out one more season. Citing a desire to rejuvenate his passion for the game Rehn was traded to Hawthorn at the end of his career.

Rehn was appointed coach at West Adelaide in 2003 and led the side to a grand final in his first season. In 2006-07 he was an assistant coach with the Brisbane Lions and joined Port Adelaide as an assistant coach from 2012 -2014.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
199152631423577323
199252205 -13118331411113
199352176310419830211019
199452215815423639014933
199552343252651142
19965232 -1282051
1997522211151531122659327
1998522651127017644614838
20005216148117922096721
Totals-1345549100810662074729157

Awards

Malcolm Blight Medal

Malcolm Blight Medal

1994

All Australian

All Australian

1994

Premiership

Premiership

1997

Premiership

Premiership

1998

All Australian

All Australian

1998

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2000

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

Team of the Decade (1991-2000)

2001