Chad Morrison

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Chad Morrison
Personal information
Date of birth (1978-03-29) 29 March 1978 (age 36)
Original team Southern U18
Debut Round 1, 31 March 1996, West Coast Eagles
v. Fremantle, at Subiaco Oval
Height/Weight 184cm / 86kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2003
2004–2006
Total
West Coast
Collingwood
148 (87)
021 0(1)
169 (88)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2006 season.
Career highlights

Chad Morrison (born 29 March 1978) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Drafted to the West Coast Eagles as a compensatory pick in the 1995 Pre-Season Draft, Morrison made his debut as an eighteen-year-old in Round 1 against Fremantle in 1996, after staying in Melbourne to finish year 12 studies in 1995. Dropped twice after two games, he continued to force his way back into the side and with great late form, the half-back/half-forward flanker picked up an AFL Rising Star nomination. In 1997 he showed what he was capable of, having a solid and relatively consistent year, coming third in the Club Champion Award, including a good finals series. He continued to find the ball consistently throughout his career, playing mostly as a sweeper who occasionally ran forward and kicked a goal, including a bag of four goals against the Western Bulldogs in 1998.

In 2000 he was just outstanding, finding the ball at half-back as a ball magnet. He played all 22 games, and on 14 occasions he had 20 or more disposals, including 30 or more on three occasions, preferably late in the season. He averaged 23 disposals for the season, and once again came 3rd in the best and fairest. In 2001 he played most of the first half before injuring his knee, requiring a knee-reconstruction, and once again in 2002 he did the same thing, requiring a second reconstruction, ruling him out for the whole season, and almost 20 months of league footy, before he regained his skill, to yet again be injured, and only play 10 games, and his future in doubt. His next season saw him play 18 games, but he was not as dominant, as expected. He did however have a great final month and a half finding the ball. A Victorian representative earlier in his career, he was traded to Collingwood in a draft pick deal.

At the Pies he managed 21 games in two seasons, as his experience did not help the side. His kicking had let him down and his form in the VFL was also ordinary.

Retirement[edit]

Morrison retired after playing only 6 matches in 2006, but cited knee and back problems as the reason for his retirement. [1]

Chad Morrison now plays for Swan Districts in the WAFL and coaches the club's colts team.