Sam Grimley

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Sam Grimley
Personal information
Full name Sam Grimley
Nickname(s) Stones
Date of birth (1991-01-03) 3 January 1991 (age 24)
Original team Northern Knights
Draft 39th, 2009
Hawthorn
Debut Round 9, 26 May 2013, Hawthorn
v. Gold Coast, at MCG
Height/Weight 199 cm / 96 kg
Position(s) Utility
Club information
Current club Hawthorn
Number 35
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2013– Hawthorn 3 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2014 season.

Sam Grimley (born 3 January 1991) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League, currently with the Hawthorn Football Club.

After Hawthorn won the 2008 premiership, the Hawthorn recruitment officer concentrated on the younger players in the 2009 AFL Draft. Grimley was a third-round selection (Hawthorn), No. 39 overall.

The lightly built former junior basketballer came to Hawthorn as a long-term project. After three years of development, the club started seeing good results. Grimley spent a lot of time close to goal in 2012, hoping to set himself up as a forward/ruck option. He played six games in Box Hill’s senior team early in the year but suffered a hand injury. Grimley started 2013 showing strong performances for Box Hill and the selectors were watching. Grimley was named as an emergency for the Hawks on a number of occasions in 2013.[1] An ankle injury to David Hale helped open up an opportunity for Grimley to debut against Gold Coast in Round 9 of the 2013 AFL season. His debut started well by taking an early mark and kicking a goal with his first kick in the AFL. He finished the day with fourteen possessions and 11 hit-outs before being subbed off at three quarter time.[2]

Grimley did not play a senior game in 2014, and spent the whole season playing with Hawthorn's VFL-affiliate, Box Hill. He tied with Port Melbourne's Daniel Connors for the Frosty Miller Medal as the leading goalkicker in the 2014 VFL home-and-away season, kicking 38 goals for the year.[3]

The Club has delisted 23-year-old ruckman/forward at the end of 2014 but has committed to reselect Sam in the rookie draft, if he is not selected by another team prior to that.[4]


He is the son of Brett Grimley and the grandson of Ken Grimley.

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