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189 cm
88 kg

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Minyip-Murtoa
Clubs: Hawthorn (2005-2012; 116 games, 60 goals), Collingwood (2013-2015)
Debut: Round 16 2005, Hawthorn v North Melbourne
Recruited from: North Ballarat U18/Hawthorn
Brownlow Votes: 8

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A long kicking, hard running left footer, Young is a product of Minyip in western Victoria best known for his rise from the rookie list to play a vital role in Hawthorn's startling victory in the 2008 Grand Final. He opted to join Collingwood at the end of the 2012 season as a free agent but was unable to make the impression he had hoped, with various leg injuries curtailing his year. At his best, Young offers class, run and an experienced head at half back and on the wings. He was a member of five finals campaigns in his time at Hawthorn and, as the third oldest player on the list, adds experience to a Collingwood line-up that has lost several veterans in recent years.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Finally freed of the hamstring problems that ruined his first year as a Magpie, Young managed 19 of a possible 22 senior games in 2014 – the fourth time he has done so in 10 seasons at the highest level.

His season got off to a start that was far from ideal when Geelong’s Steve Johnson crashed into him and accidentally knocked out his two front teeth during the final quarter of the NAB Challenge opener.

Fortunately the damage was able to be repaired, and from there on it was smooth sailing into the home and away season.

Young, a member of Collingwood’s eight-man leadership group, performed credibly in the heavy loss to Fremantle in round one and was a consistent performer in the weeks that followed.

He hit the scoreboard twice in the opening two rounds, but his season began to take shape as it reached the halfway mark when he returned 26 disposals in successive games against St Kilda and Melbourne. He also held a total of 23 marks during this time, a stat that helped elevate him into fifth spot on the club’s leaderboard at season’s end.

Young faced his old club, Hawthorn, for the first time when the Magpies fell by 29-points in round 14, but he followed it up with two goals in each of his next two games against Carlton and Gold Coast. Unfortunately, a dropped mark late in the piece against the Suns robbed him of a chance to kick what may have been the match winner in a tight mid-season tussle at Metricon Stadium.

Omitted after round 18, Young responded with 36 disposals and seven tackles in the win over Box Hill at Victoria Park and was immediately recalled for the trip to Perth to take on the Eagles.

Winning 10 disposals after starting as the substitute, Young held his place until round 22 when his season came to an end courtesy of a hamstring complaint sustained early in his side’s gritty win over Greater Western Sydney.

Season By Season

Recruited to the club from Hawthorn during the pre-season, Young was hailed by some as a missing link in Nathan Buckley’s premiership jigsaw. Unfortunately for the left footer, his hopes of making an impact were dashed by a series of leg injuries. He arrived at the club in a moon boot but was still able to travel to Utah with his teammates in December. 

All appeared to be tracking well when he played in Collingwood’s three NAB Cup matches but he was a late withdrawal from the final practice match against Geelong due to a calf complaint. He returned a fortnight later in the opening VFL match against North Ballarat but lasted only 10 minutes before hurting his hamstring. The road back to full fitness was long and arduous but it appeared be paying dividends when he gathered 24 possessions and took 13 marks in the mid-season VFL win over Port Melbourne.

Young was duly promoted to the seniors where he made a steady start against the Blues (eight disposals before being substituted out of the match) but left a lasting impression with his chase and tackle on Carlton speedster Dennis Armfield. It looked like Young’s raking left boot was starting to click into gear when he won 21 possessions and sent the ball inside 50 on five occasions against Adelaide the following Friday, only to again injure his hamstring while trying to tackle Adelaide’s Richard Douglas with only 27 seconds remaining in the match. That effectively ended his season, though he did make it back in time to feature in the VFL side’s loss to the Borough in the Elimination Final (16 possessions).

Season By Season

Former Hawthorn wingman who came to Collingwood via Free Agency in October on a three-year deal. He arrived with a moon boot on his foot after surgery but was predicted to start full training in January. Topped the Hawks for inside 50s in 2012 across 20 of a possible 25 games, which included the Grand Final loss to Sydney, after an injury-hit 2011. His long left-foot kicking will be an asset.

Season By Season

His run and carry and penetrating left-foot kicking were important ingredients in the club's premiership surge of 2008, but all too lacking in seasons since, In 2011, ankle and hamstring complaints restricted him to just 10 games and he was not fit enough to take part in Hawthorn's finals tilt.

Season By Season

Overcame a hip injury from the previous season to re-establish himself as part of the club's best 22. A powerful runner, with a penetrating left-foot kick and a smart footy brain, he generates many Hawthorn attacking moves when given time and space, and he clearly loves the MCG. Ranked fifth at Hawthorn for long kicks and fourth for inside 50s.

Season By Season

After dominating the first half of the 2008 Grand Final before being injured, much was expected of the dashing, left-footer defender. However, injury intervened again, with hamstring and hip ailments restricting him to just the first five rounds. The Hawks sorely missed his running power, decision-making and precise kicking. A valued member of Hawthorn, he still made a significant contribution by winning the best clubman award.

Season By Season

Had a solid season playing 20 matches mainly as a wingman used to run and carry the ball and kick it for distance with his left boot. Dangerous when allowed to drift forward, notching 14 goals, including several on the run. Was starring in the Grand Final against Geelong until he rolled his ankle in the third term and was forced from the ground. Ranked first at Hawthorn in marks and second in long kicks and inside 50s.

Season By Season

Played all but one match, establishing himself as a handy ball carrier who can kick the ball long distances and with accuracy. Knows how to find the ball and space. Is ideally suited to Hawthorn's running style and looks best suited as a winger who links well and can drift forward.

Season By Season

The former rookie list player continued to improve, managing 14 matches. Lightly built but has speed and nice skills. Could yet shape into a handy half forward or a wingman capable of running and carrying the ball.

Season By Season

Started 2005 on the rookie list, but was promoted late in the season and ended with seven games under his belt, showing promise as a quick forward who can also play in the midfield. Knows his way around goal, has good skills and appears to be comfortable with the tempo at AFL level.

Season By Season

Lightly built and quick forward with neat skills on both sides of his body. Kicked 25 goals in 15 matches for North Ballarat in the TAC Cup, impressing with his sure leading and solid marking skills. Represented Vic Country at under-18 level and can also play on the wing.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 137
    • Kicks 11.2
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 15.9
    • Marks 5.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 2.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 73.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 St Kilda Rd 11, 2014
Handballs 13 Adelaide Crows Rd 14, 2007
Disposals 30 Brisbane Lions Rd 1, 2007
Marks 15 Melbourne Rd 1, 2008
Hit-outs 2 Collingwood Rd 4, 2010
Tackles 9 Carlton Rd 9, 2010
Goals 3 Brisbane Lions Rd 16, 2010
AFL Fantasy 137 Melbourne Rd 1, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 137 games, 69 goals

VFL: 31 games, 18 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 18 games, 1 goal, 1 supergoal


AFL Debut: Hawthorn v North Melbourne, Round 16 2005 at Telstra Dome

50 AFL Games: Hawthorn v Richmond, Round 6 2008 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Hawthorn v Fremantle, Round 8 2012 at Aurora Stadium

Final Game for Hawthorn: Hawthorn v Sydney, Grand Final 2012 at the MCG

Collingwood Debut: Carlton v Collingwood, Round 15 2013 at the MCG

Collingwood VFL Debut: Collingwood v North Ballarat, Round 1 2013 at Victoria Park

Draft History

Selected at No. 18 (by Hawthorn) in the 2005 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto Hawthorn's senior list in 2005 (mid-season)

Crossed from Hawthorn to Collingwood as an unrestricted free agent in October 2012


AFL Awards

Hawthorn Premiership Side

AFL Rising Star Nominee 2006
Round 12 v Richmond

Club Awards

Hawthorn Best Clubman