Michael Johnson (Australian rules footballer)

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Michael Johnson
Personal information
Full name Michael Johnson
Date of birth (1984-10-20) 20 October 1984 (age 29)
Original team Perth (WAFL)
Draft #8, 2004 Pre-Season Draft
Height/Weight 195cm / 88kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Fremantle
Number 37
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Fremantle 183 (62)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2005 Indigenous All-Stars 1 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.
Career highlights

Michael Johnson (born 20 October 1984) is an Australian rules footballer, currently playing for the Fremantle Dockers.

Early Life[edit]

Recruited from Perth Football Club in the WAFL with selection 8 in the 2004 Preseason Draft, he is a graduate of the Clontarf Football Academy.[1]

AFL career[edit]

He made his debut against Richmond in Round 4 of 2005 when Matthew Carr was a late withdrawal from the team due to illness.

Due to promising performances at both WAFL and AFL levels and his versatility, he announced a three-year extension to his contract in 2006[2] and then a two-year contract extensions to remain at Fremantle until the end of the 2011 season.[3]

In 2006, Michael finished equal runner-up (with Peter Bell) in Fremantle's Doig Medal Best & Fairest count, further underlining his credentials as a prospect for the future.[4]

His 2007 season started badly when he was suspended for four matches after colliding with Lachlan Hansen in a NAB Cup match and being one of the first players to be charged under the AFL's crackdown on front-on contact to the head.[5]

In 2009 he was appointed captain of the club for a pre-season derby[6] and despite missing the second half of the 2009 season due to an ankle injury,[7] he was officially included in the leadership group for the 2010 season. He also won the club's best clubman award for 2009.[8]

In May 2010 Johnson was investigated by the police in relation to a drug-related matter.[9][10] He was charged on summons with possessing cocaine, suspended for five matches and fined $5,000 for bringing the AFL into disrepute. He pleaded guilty and was fined $500 in court.[10][11][12]

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