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Adams: Toby's 'one of my best mates'

Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams has played down his back-and-forth with former teammate Toby Greene during Saturday night's Semi-Final at the MCG.

3:30pm  Sep 17, 2018

Adams reacts to sliding decision

Taylor Adams has described the altered interpretation of the sliding rule as a "knee-jerk reaction", and believes it needs to be overhauled.

9:25am  Jun 13, 2018

Injury Update: Key players near a return

Collingwood expects a host of key players to push for a return from injury when it approaches its clash with Richmond on Sunday week.

4:47pm  Apr 17, 2018

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Highlights: Adams' 2018

10:00am  Oct 12, 2018

Copeland: Regan Trophy: Adams

2:00am  Oct 6, 2018

RAW: Taylor Adams post-match

7:42pm  Sep 29, 2018

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Taylor
Adams

Height
181 cm
DOB
20-09-1993
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2012
Games
2018
23
Career
120
Goals
2018
9
Career
45
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
2277
Avg
99
TaylorAdams

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: St Josephs (Vic)/Geelong U18
Clubs: Greater Western Sydney (2012-2013; 31 games, 12 goals), Collingwood (2014-2017)
Debut: Round 5 2012, Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs
Recruited from: Greater Western Sydney
Brownlow Votes: 27

2018 Player Sponsors

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- Ollie Matthews
- The Woodsmen

Adams is the sort of player that loves winning the contested ball. Standing at 180cm, he thrives on the rough and tumble of life underneath the packs. A GWS Giant who was lured back home to Victoria in 2014, Adams enjoyed a solid first season as a Magpie, warming to the task as the year wore on and averaging 19.1 disposals and 2.7 clearances in 12 games. He quickly grew as a member of the Magpies' vast array of midfielders, underlined by his selection in the club's leadership group in 2016. Adams' stature grew further last year, polling 14 Brownlow Medal votes and finishing a solitary vote behind Steele Sidebottom in the Copeland Trophy.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Season 2017 was the high water mark of Adams’ football career to date.

He played every match, for the first time in his six seasons, and finished one vote away from claiming the Copeland Trophy.

A clear run with injuries made a big difference, but it was his appetite for the contest that continued to set him apart from his peers. Adams led Collingwood for disposals, clearances and contested possessions, and finished the year with 14 Brownlow Medal votes.

He also laid a career-high 140 tackles, 50 more than his previous best in 2015.

Adams’ finish to the season was particularly impressive, polling seven votes in his final five games.

Now, with 97 games and six seasons under his belt, Adams is ready to take his game to another level again in 2018.

Season By Season

Now one of Collingwood’s senior leaders, Adams enjoyed an impressive third season in the Black and White stripes.

One of the hardest workers on the training track, Adams in February was named as one of five members of the Magpies’ leadership team. He told the Herald Sun at the time, “It is really rewarding to have it come from the playing group… There are some things I need to work on as far as my leadership goes, but I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can”.

On the field, Adams continued to do what he does best – play hard, consistent football. Spending 14 games in the midfield, he averaged 27.7 disposals and 4.7 clearances per game, and had it not been for injuries, his output may have been greater still. He missed his first game in round six, before injury struck again in round 10. Nursing a hamstring concern, Adams was one of four Magpies left to watch on the sidelines as a bench-less Collingwood fell to the Western Bulldogs by 21 points.

In round 16 he bounced back superbly, winning 30 or more disposals in his first four games on return. Unfortunately, playing the Western Bulldogs struck again in round 21. This time a rolled ankle ruled the midfielder out, an injury which kept him out for the remainder of the season.

Season By Season

While Adams showed glimpses of his potential in 2014, his second year at the club in 2015 provided a substance that highlights the high value placed on him both internally and in the greater football community.

Adams opened the season with an emphatic display against the Brisbane Lions. His highest possession total during his time at the club (31) set the tone for the year to come.

It was a total that would be surpassed no less than five times in Adams’ 18-game season. His standout performance was a three-vote game in round 22 which produced 36 possessions and 12 clearances, while he also amassed 38 touches in round 15 against Port Adelaide.

However it wasn’t just the sheer total of disposals that found Adams success in 2015. He led the club in contested possessions (11.7 per game) and was beaten only by Scott Pendlebury and Jack Crisp in the amount of tackles laid throughout the season.

His ferocious attack on the football at times toed the line of aggression, and at the conclusion of round 15 he was suspended for two games for a clash with Port Adelaide’s Justin Westhoff.

Upon return, he was substituted from the ground against Carlton in round 19, with questions of injury hanging over his head.

These thoughts quickly disappeared as Adams re-emerged the week later to engage in what turned out to be the best month of his season. The four final games of Collingwood’s campaign saw the midfielder collect 128 possessions at an average of 32.

This final month, plus the honour of finishing fourth in Collingwood’s best and fairest, will give Adams confidence to take his game to another level again in 2016.

Season By Season

As the man involved in the deal that saw club hero Heath Shaw head to Greater Western Sydney, Taylor Adams was always going to receive his share of the spotlight during his first season at the Westpac Centre.

Such is his maturity in both body and mind that it’s easy to forget that he only turned 21 on 21 September, but with 43 senior games under his belt, Adams is well placed to make a big impact in season 2015.

He flew out of the blocks, collecting 31 disposals and seven clearances in the first match of the NAB Challenge against Geelong and did well enough in a practice match against Gold Coast several weeks later to earn selection against the Dockers in round one.

After winning 15 disposals and four tackles in the 70-point loss, Adams was used as the substitute in the fortnight that followed and found himself suspended for his role in a collision with Geelong skipper Joel Selwood in round three.

He returned via the VFL where he wasted no time in pressing his claims for a recall, gathering 36 disposals and six tackles against Coburg and a further 26 disposals and six clearances against Essendon at Windy.

It was enough to earn another chance against Carlton in round seven, but Adams again dipped out of the side after collecting 16 disposals against the old enemy.

He continued to hammer away in the state league, winning 32 disposals against Bendigo, backed up by another 32 against Geelong, resulting in a recall against St Kilda in round 11.

Though he missed the Queen’s Birthday clash with Melbourne, Adams began to click as the second half of the year got underway. He won an equal career-high 30 disposals in the loss to the Western Bulldogs and from there on developed into a consistent performer in a team that started to lose its way.

He won 24 or more disposals in four of his last six games, a run capped off with 28, seven tackles and five inside 50s in arguably his best game of the year against Port Adelaide in round 19.

Unfortunately, just as his season reached its peak, Adams’ campaign came to an abrupt halt when a finger injury required surgery.

Unbeknownst to many, Adams had played out the match despite tearing the tendon off the top end of the ring finger on his left hand.

Season By Season

Managed 16 senior games, one more than he did in his first season as a Giant, and registered a career-high 30 disposals in the final game of the season against the Suns. Won more than 20 disposals in all bar four of his senior games and averaged 3.25 tackles and 4.0 clearances across the season. Signalled his intentions to return to Victoria at season's end and became a Magpie in a direct swap for 2010 premiership defender Heath Shaw.

Season By Season

Adams took until round five to make his debut for the Giants, but was then a regular member of the side, featuring in 15 of the next 18 games. He brought a reputation for toughness to the AFL and did not disappoint, averaging 3.5 tackles to go with his 20 possessions a game, slotting in comfortably in the Greater Western Sydney midfield.

Season By Season

A tough inside midfielder, Adams was taken with the 13th pick in the 2011 National Draft. Possessing a real determination to forge an AFL career, he averaged an impressive 28 disposals for the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup. Likes to bring his teammates into the play and has leadership credentials.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played 23
    • Kicks 14.3
    • Handballs 12.6
    • Disposals 27.0
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.2
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 99.0

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 West Coast Eagles GF
Handballs 19 Richmond PF
Disposals 36 Richmond PF
Marks 6 Geelong Cats Rd 8
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Geelong Cats Rd 8
Goals 2 West Coast Eagles W1
AFL Fantasy 135 North Melbourne Rd 18

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Hawthorn L 101 - 67 9 11 20 2 0 3 1 4 0 0 71
2 GWS Giants L 79 - 95 6 19 25 2 0 1 3 7 0 0 82
3 Carlton W 76 - 100 14 13 27 4 0 0 1 1 0 0 81
4 Adelaide Crows W 58 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Essendon W 101 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Richmond L 70 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Brisbane Lions W 114 - 121 8 6 14 3 0 1 2 2 0 0 48
8 Geelong Cats L 45 - 66 13 12 25 6 0 1 2 12 0 0 124
9 St Kilda W 72 - 100 13 10 23 5 0 2 2 2 0 0 78
10 Western Bulldogs W 90 - 55 13 13 26 4 0 1 2 4 1 1 95
11 Fremantle W 138 - 77 13 15 28 5 0 2 2 5 0 0 100
12 Melbourne W 91 - 133 14 13 27 1 0 1 1 5 1 1 96
14 Carlton W 79 - 59 12 12 24 5 0 2 3 3 0 0 80
15 Gold Coast Suns W 60 - 99 18 12 30 4 0 2 0 2 0 1 101
16 Essendon W 62 - 78 15 12 27 3 0 2 3 3 1 1 90
17 West Coast Eagles L 67 - 102 12 16 28 2 0 2 2 3 0 1 83
18 North Melbourne W 130 - 64 20 8 28 5 0 4 2 10 1 0 135
19 Richmond L 105 - 77 12 18 30 1 0 1 2 7 0 0 98
20 Sydney Swans L 73 - 71 18 14 32 3 0 1 1 11 0 1 134
21 Brisbane Lions W 104 - 73 16 17 33 2 0 2 2 2 0 1 93
22 Port Adelaide W 115 - 64 15 15 30 5 0 2 1 7 1 1 124
23 Fremantle W 67 - 76 17 9 26 3 0 0 1 3 1 1 94
W1 West Coast Eagles L 86 - 70 18 8 26 4 0 2 2 7 2 0 118
SF GWS Giants W 69 - 59 15 9 24 3 0 1 1 10 0 0 110
PF Richmond W 58 - 97 17 19 36 2 0 5 0 5 0 0 120
GF West Coast Eagles L 79 - 74 22 9 31 4 0 3 1 5 1 0 122
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 9 330 290 620 78 0 41 37 120 9 9 2277

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 120
    • Kicks 13.5
    • Handballs 11.7
    • Disposals 25.2
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 94.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 Port Adelaide Rd 15, 2015
Handballs 27 St Kilda Rd 4, 2017
Disposals 39 St Kilda Rd 4, 2017
Marks 10 Essendon Rd 4, 2015
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 12 Geelong Cats Rd 8, 2018
Goals 3 Adelaide Crows Rd 19, 2017
AFL Fantasy 151 Adelaide Crows Rd 19, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2018 Collingwood 330 290 620 78 0 41 37 120 9 9 2277
2017 Collingwood 328 321 649 111 0 32 30 140 9 8 2523
2016 Collingwood 213 176 389 64 0 21 15 62 6 1 1444
2015 Collingwood 254 240 494 79 0 13 26 90 7 6 1822
2014 Collingwood 114 116 230 34 0 14 7 43 2 3 856
2013 GWS Giants 209 132 341 69 0 15 18 52 7 6 1315
2012 GWS Giants 167 131 298 51 0 18 16 53 5 1 1129

Legend

K
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D
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M
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
T
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G
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B
Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Career

AFL: 97 games, 36 goals

VFL: 4 games, 3 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 11 games, 5 goals

Milestones

AFL Debut: Greater Western Sydney v Western Bulldogs, Round 5 2012 at Manuka Oval

50 AFL Games: Gold Coast SUNS v Collingwood, Round 8 2015 at Metricon Stadium

Final Game for Greater Western Sydney: Gold Coast v Greater Western Sydney, Round 23 2013 at Metricon Stadium

Collingwood Debut: Collingwood v Fremantle, Round 1 2015 at Etihad Stadium

Draft History

Selected at No. 13 (by Greater Western Sydney) in the 2011 National Draft

Traded by Greater Western Sydney to Collingwood in exchange for Heath Shaw in October 2013

Awards

AFL Awards

Selected at No. 13 (by Greater Western Sydney) in the 2011 National Draft

Traded by Greater Western Sydney to Collingwood in exchange for Heath Shaw in October 2013

Club Awards

R.T. Rush Trophy (3rd Best-and-Fairest)
2017

J.F. McHale Trophy (4th Best-and-Fairest)

2015

Other

All-Australian (Under 18) Team
2011