Jarrad Waite

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Jarrad Waite
Personal information
Full name Jarrad Waite
Date of birth (1983-02-04) 4 February 1983 (age 31)
Original team Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft #46 (F/S), 2001 National Draft, Carlton
Height/Weight 194cm / 94kg
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 30
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003– Carlton 184 (252)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Victoria 1 (0)
International team honours
2005 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Jarrad Waite (born 4 February 1983) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Jarrad was born in Devonport, Tasmania. He was recruited as the number 46 draft pick in the 2001 AFL Draft from Benalla under the father-son selection rule (he is the son of former Carlton player Vin Waite). He made his debut for Carlton in Round 1, 2003 against the Sydney Swans.

Waite has made his stance in the AFL as a very prominent forward. He kicked 36 goals in the 2005 season, finishing second behind Brendan Fevola for the club. He is expected to be a future star for Carlton, however he has been struck down by recurring injuries so far in his career.

Waite was shifted from the forward-line into the back-line through the NAB Cup and early rounds of 2007, in which he was among the best players on the ground playing at centre half-back. However, he again played predominately as a forward, and showed enormous advances in his football intelligence with difficult assists. Despite this, Waite returned to the back-line in 2008 under new coach Brett Ratten.

Waite was Carlton's acting captain against Fremantle Dockers in Round 13, 2007 in the absence of regular captain Lance Whitnall and vice-captain Nick Stevens.[1]

In 2009, Waite again began to spent time at both ends of the ground. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in Round 9, partially tearing his ACL after hyperextending his left knee when landing on a straight leg. He returned in time for the 2010 season.

In a small part of football history, Waite was the first player ever to be substituted off the ground under the AFL's revised interchange rules in 2011; Waite was concussed in a collision, and was replaced by Kane Lucas in the season's opening match against Richmond.[2] He played the first half of the season, before hamstring and hip injuries kept him out.[3]

Waite was elevated to the club's leadership group for the 2012 season.[4]

Waite married his long-time girlfriend Jackie Spong in early 2012. She is the owner of the Melbourne fashion boutique SISCA. She currently is appearing in the first season of WAG Nation. A reality series that documents the lives of five wives/girlfriends of Australian sportsmens, for which Waite is a part of the supporting cast. It is unknown if Jackie and Jarrad will appear in the second season, set to air later in 2012.


  1. ^ "Waite to Captain Blues against Dockers". Carlton Football Club. 25 June 2007. 
  2. ^ Carlton Football Club, Waite: All Clear, 28 March 2011, Retrieved 28 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Season over for Jarrad Waite". Carlton Football Club. 12 Sep 2011. Retrieved 18 Sep 2011. 
  4. ^ "Waite added to leadership group". Carlton Football Club. 28 Jan 2012. Retrieved 29 Jan 2012. 

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