|Full name||Brendon Lade|
|Date of birth||10 July 1976|
|Place of birth||Kangaroo Island, Australia|
|Original team||South Adelaide Football Club (SANFL)|
|Height/Weight||199cm / 102kg|
|1997 – 2009||Port Adelaide||234 (182)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2009 season.
Brendon Lade (born 10 July 1976 on Kangaroo Island, Australia) is a former Australian rules footballer who spent his entire Australian Football League (AFL) career with the Port Adelaide Football Club.
Early Career (1992–1999)
Lade grew up playing football for Western Districts Football Club on Kangaroo Island where his father was coaching the A grade side. At the age of 8 Lade moved to the Wisanger Football Club where he played the remainder of his football until he turned 16. Able to play as both a relieving ruckman and forward, Lade played for South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club South Adelaide befre his recruitment by Port Adelaide in the lead up to their inaugural season in the AFL in 1997. Lade made his senior AFL debut for Port Adelaide in Round 1, 1997, which was also Port Adelaide's debut AFL match.
Lade missed just one game in his first three years before he suffered a serious leg injury in Round 2 of 2000 which sidelined him for the rest of the season and also missed the entire 2001 AFL season after reinjuring it. But he recovered from the injuries to become one of the best ruckmen in the league.
Career high (2004–2009)
In 2004 Lade had a great year, leading the hitouts in the absence of injured Port Adelaide ruckman Matthew Primus, finishing second in the goalkicking to Warren Tredrea, and capping it off with a premiership medal when Port Adelaide won its first AFL premiership, defeating the Brisbane Lions. In 2006 Lade won All-Australian selection and also took out the John Cahill Medal, Port Adelaide's Best and Fairest. In 2007 Lade continued his career best form winning another All-Australia selection, earning him a rare 2 year contract with the Power for a 31 year old and ensuring he would be with the Power until the end of the 2009 AFL season.
Lade retired at the end of the 2009 season. He and team-mate Peter Burgoyne, the last remaining members of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL team, both played their final games in Round 22, 2009.
Coaching Career (2010–present)
- "Brendon Lade named as Tigers' ruck coach". Herald Sun. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2009-09-17.
- Brendon Lade's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
- Brendon Lade's statistics from AFL Tables
- Brendon Lade Profile on ThePowerFromPort.com.au
|Port Adelaide Best and Fairest winner