Robert Warnock

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Robert Warnock
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Personal information
Full name Robert Warnock
Date of birth (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Black Rock
Original team Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 42, 2005 National Draft
Height/Weight 206cm / 103kg
Position(s) Ruckman
Club information
Current club Carlton
Number 11
Playing career1
'Years Club Games (Goals)
21 0(4)
66 (13)
87 (17)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 5, 2015 season.

Robert Warnock (born 19 January 1987) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

A very tall tap ruckman, at a height of 206 cm, Warnock played TAC Cup football for the Sandringham Dragons. He was recruited to the AFL by the Fremantle Football Club with the number 42 draft pick in the 2005 AFL Draft. Warnock played the entire 2006 season with his assigned WAFL club, West Perth.[1] He made his AFL debut for Fremantle in Round 6, 2007 against the Brisbane Lions.

Warnock was regarded as one Fremantle's key future prospects, averaging ten hitouts per game in his first season of senior football, and being awarded the Beacon Award for the best new talent at the 2007 Doig Medal awards night.[2] However, in 2008 he struggled to break into the side, playing only two of the first ten games as Fremantle preferred to select Daniel Gilmore, Michael Johnson or Kepler Bradley ahead of Warnock as Aaron Sandilands' ruck partner.[3] This led to media speculation that he would return to Melbourne at the end of the season,[4] and Warnock confirmed this at the end of the season.[5] On the final day of 2008 trade week, Warnock was traded to the Carlton Football Club, his preferred destination, along with Fremantle's No. 69 draft pick, in exchange for Carlton's No. 24, 56 and 72 draft picks in the 2008 AFL Draft.[6]

Warnock was struck down by stress fractures in his foot during his first pre-season with Carlton, and missed the majority of 2009. He eventually played a handful of games with Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, late in the season, but did not make his debut for the Blues.[7] He made his senior debut for the club in Round 1, 2010 against Richmond.

Warnock played twelve matches for Carlton in 2010 during the season, and was forced to compete with Sam Jacobs, a similar style of tap ruckman, for a place in the senior team. Jacobs was traded to Adelaide at the end of the 2010 season, and Warnock assumed the No. 1 ruck position on a permanent basis in 2011, playing twenty games.[8]

Warnock is the brother of AFL footballer Matthew Warnock, who has played for the Gold Coast since 2012, after playing 55 games for Melbourne between 2006 and 2011.


  1. ^ "Robert Warnock". Blueseum. 29 Jul 2011. Retrieved 5 Aug 2011. 
  2. ^ Fremantle List of Club Awards
  3. ^ Hope, Shayne; Warnock left out of Freo squad again; The West Australian; 2008-05-16
  4. ^ Niall, Jake; Dees head list for Freo ruckman; The Age; 2008-04-29
  5. ^ AAP; Freo's Robert Warnock wants trade back to Melbourne; PerthNow; 10 September 2008
  6. ^ Adam Cooper and Sam Lienert (2008-10-10). "Prismall a Bomber, Warnock a Blue". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2008-11-04. 
  7. ^ Grant, Robert (19 August 2011). "Carlton midfielder Mitch Robinson has foot stress fracture, gone for the season". Courier Mail. Retrieved 19 Jun 2011. 
  8. ^ AFL Tables, 2011 Stats - Player Lists - Carlton, Retrieved 19 Sep 2011.

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