|Full name||Shannon William Hurn|
|Date of birth||4 September 1987|
|Place of birth||Angaston, South Australia|
|Original team||Central District (SANFL)|
|Draft||13the overall, 2005 National Draft (West Coast)|
|Height/Weight||186 cm / 96 kg|
|Current club||West Coast|
|2006–||West Coast||134 (39)|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Hurn was selected in the 2005 AFL Draft and was listed by the West Coast Eagles. Hurn, born in South Australia, passed up a 2005–2006 rookie contract with the Southern Redbacks to focus on his AFL career.
Hurn had a mature body for his age and was he drafted at 187 cm and 93 kg. Following bulking up in the preseason, he is estimated to now weigh in at 100 kg, making him one of the bulkiest rookies to have ever entered the AFL. He made his debut versus the Brisbane Lions in April 2006, kicking a stunning long goal.
He was the Round 11, 2007 NAB Rising Star Award nominee, chosen for his consistently good performances throughout the season in such a top side.
He is now widely regarded to have the most penetrating kick in the AFL.
Early History & Lead-up to AFL Career
Hurn grew up in the Barossa Valley in South Australia and attended Angaston Primary and Nuriootpa High School. Hurn was heavily involved in school and local sporting clubs, allowing him to excel in his favourite sports: cricket and Australian football. Because of his love for the two sports, his decision to seek a career in AFL over cricket would have been presumably difficult.
Hurn’s more professional career began whilst playing his two favourite sports simultaneously. He took on a rookie contract with SACA (South Australian Cricket Association) in 2004, turning down the second one in 2005 to focus on his football. Hurn played football for Central District, making it to two premierships in 2004 and 2005. In 2005, Hurn was picked captain of the U-18 South Australian side and also picked in the U-18 All-Australian selection in football.
Picked 13th in the first round in the 2005 draft to West Coast Eagles, Hurn was considered as one of the top players to come out of South Australia at that time.
- Shannon Hurn's profile on the official website of the West Coast Eagles
- Shannon Hurn's statistics from AFL Tables
- Player profile: Shannon Hurn from ESPNcricinfo
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