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Key position Magpie Jesse White is retiring from AFL football after 127 AFL games at both Collingwood and the Sydney Swans.

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196 cm
102 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Surfers Paradise/Southport (QLD)
Clubs: Sydney (2008-2013), Collingwood (2014-2015)
Debut: Round 6 2008, Sydney v North Melbourne
Recruited from: Sydney
Brownlow Votes: 1

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Junior Clubs: Surfers Paradise/Southport (QLD)
Clubs: Sydney (2008-2013), Collingwood (2014-2015)
Debut: Round 6 2008, Sydney v North Melbourne
Recruited from: Sydney
Brownlow Votes: 1

A powerfully built key position player who can take a turn in the ruck when need be, White averaged more than a goal per game in his 71 outings for the Swans between 2008 and 2013. He began his first season as a Magpie in fine style, kicking five goals in the NAB Challenge opener against Geelong. He established himself as a regular in the senior side early in the year and finished with 20 goals from 18 games. White played the same number of games in 2015, and finished the season with a career-high tally of 27 goals, despite spending time in the VFL late in the season. Another 16 games and 23 goals followed in 2016 in a season which mirrored the one prior.

Season By Season

Season By Season

At 28 and in his ninth season in the AFL, Jesse White was once again an important member of Collingwood’s side in 2016.

After 36 games in his first two years in the Black and White, the former Sydney Swan’s season mirrored the output we’ve seen in the past. He played the majority of his 16 games in the forward line, kicked a respectable 23 goals, and gave plenty as a back-up ruckman when required.

After missing the opening three rounds of the season, White’s campaign gained momentum in the latter half of the year. He played seven consecutive games between rounds seven onwards, despite an ankle concern on the eve of round 11. Consistency finally returned in the final stages of the season as White kicked goals in seven-straight games. Two majors against Hawthorn in round 23 capped off his most consistent patch of form in front of goal since his early days at Sydney.

Season By Season

For the season year running, White got off the ground immediately with strong form in the NAB Cup. It translated to an impressive outing in the season opener against Brisbane, with the former Sydney Swan kicking 2.3 from 17 disposals in the 12-point victory.

With Brodie Grundy rucking alone, White was often tasked with playing a role as a back-up ruckmen while assisting Travis Cloke in the forward line.

He kicked four goals in Collingwood’s 69-point defeat of the Gold Coast in round eight, including three consecutive majors for the Magpies in the third quarter.

Pressure quickly grew on White’s place in the team as the Magpies lost five consecutive games between rounds 13 and 17.

Despite an increased presence up forward in the absence of the injured Travis Cloke, he was unable to maintain his spot in the team after Collingwood’s round 17 loss to the Western Bulldogs.

He returned from the VFL in round 22 and added four goals to his season tally in the Magpies final two games of the year. 

Season By Season

It was a big year in the life of Jesse White: A new state, a new club and a new baby, all in the space of six months.

On the field, White was exposed to the full range of football emotions.

The ups included a five-goal performance in his first outing in his new colours to nearly pinch victory against Geelong in the first game of the NAB Challenge at Simonds Stadium.

On the other side of the coin, White went a month without kicking a goal as his team fell down the ladder after the mid-season break.

He can certainly be pleased with his work ethic and approach to the game in a year that saw him spend time as Travis Cloke’s partner in crime in attack as well as helping out Jarrod Witts and Brodie Grundy in the ruck.

After such a bright start to the pre-season, a calf injury meant he missed the first match of the season proper, but he was able to cap off his first home and away match in the Collingwood jumper with a memorable win over his old club, Sydney.

In the month that followed, White kicked nine goals in four games, highlighted by three majors in the win over Richmond in round four.

He would end the year with 20 majors to his name from 34 scoring shots, while he averaged six hitouts per game, peaking with 15 against St Kilda on a night in which he sustained a nasty finger injury.

White played two games in the VFL, the first of which was spent in a new role in defence against Jarrad Waite. He was the match winner in his second outing, slotting four final quarter goals to sink Geelong on its home patch in round 19.

Season By Season

In his 15 senior games, White ranked second at Sydney behind Adam Goodes for marks per game (4.8), third for contested marks (1.5) and fourth for goals per game (1.3). He broke the 20 possession mark for the first time in his career in the Semi- and Preliminary Finals and kicked three or more goals in five games, peaking with four against Richmond in round 18. White kicked a goal in 11 of his 15 games and played less than 80 per cent of the game only once. He only played one of the first 10 games but featured in 14 of Sydney's last 15 and recorded a career-high 20 disposals in each of the Swans last two finals.

Season By Season

White was given an opportunity early in 1012, playing three games, but failed to make the most of it and was being considered for a trade so he could earn more chances at AFL level. Nothing eventuated during the trade period, so the forward/ruck has committed his immediate future to the Swans and hopes to challenge players such as Mike Pyke and Mitch Morton and add to his 56 career games.

Season By Season

Endured an up-and-down season, featuring in the first five games of the year but struggling as he juggled roles up forward and in the ruck. Played just three of the next 14 games as he bounced between the seniors and the seconds. Will be encouraged by his end to the year, however, playing in the club's last five games, including both finals.

Season By Season

The big man was dropped for the 2010 Semi-Final against the Western Bulldogs and the Swans are keen for him to develop further to reach his potential.

Season By Season

Was groomed in two senior matches in 2008 and made tremendous progress late in 2009 following the departure of Barry Hall. His form as a key forward over the second half of the season was outstanding and his marking strength, strong leading and pace mark him as a potential star, especially as he can pinch-hit in the ruck. Won an AFL Rising Star nomination for his final round match against the Lions.

Season By Season

A big, strong youngster, he was groomed in two senior matches in 2008 and is expected to make further progress this season. Takes an exception mark and can play in a key position at either end of the ground or even pinch-hit in the ruck. From Queensland club Southport, he is a former basketballer and is extremely mobile.

Season By Season

A big, strong youngster, he spent the 2007 season in the reserves after being drafted from Queensland club Southport. Takes a good mark and is agile for his size. The former basketballer is expected to develop into a key position player and could even be used in the ruck.

Season By Season

A huge youngster who already has a powerful body, he is a basketball convert from Queensland club Southport. Agile for his size, he is expected to develop into a key position player at either end of the ground or could be used in the ruck.


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 127
    • Kicks 6.4
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 10.3
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 4.3
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 1.2
    • AFL Fantasy 56.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Melbourne Rd 12, 2016
Handballs 12 Carlton SF, 2013
Disposals 21 Essendon Rd 23, 2015
Marks 10 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22, 2016
Hit-outs 28 Hawthorn Rd 2, 2009
Tackles 6 Western Bulldogs Rd 13, 2014
Goals 4 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2015
AFL Fantasy 122 Gold Coast Suns Rd 22, 2016

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 123 games, 143 goals

VFL: 10 games, 15 goals

Pre-Season Competition: 17 games, 13 goals, 2 supergoals


AFL Debut: North Melbourne v Sydney, Round 6 2008

50 AFL Games: Geelong v Sydney, Round 23 2011

100 AFL Games: GWS Giants v Collingwood, Round 11 2015

Final game for Sydney: Fremantle v Sydney, Preliminary Final 2013

Collingwood AFL Debut: Sydney v Collingwood, Round 2 2014

Collingwood VFL Debut: Northern Blues v Collingwood, Round 13 2014

Draft History

Selected at No. 79 in the 2006 National Draft

Traded by Sydney to Collingwood in exchange for selection No. 44.



AFL Rising Star Nominee 2009
Round 22 v Brisbane


AFL Rising Star Nominee 2009
Round 22 v Brisbane