Stuart Maxfield

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Stuart Maxfield
Personal information
Date of birth (1972-04-09) 9 April 1972 (age 42)
Original team Caulfield Grammar School
Debut 13 May 1990 Round 7, Richmond
v. Geelong, at Kardinia Park
Height/Weight 178cm / 82kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1990–1995
1996–2005
Total -
Richmond
Sydney Swans
089 0(65)
200 0(87)
289 (152)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2005 season.
Career highlights

Stuart Maxfield (born 9 April 1972) is a retired Australian rules footballer who played for Richmond and the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was the Swans' captain until 5 May 2005, when he stood down from the position.

Maxfield was recruited in 1990 from Caulfield Grammar School by Richmond, and debuted that year. He played six seasons at Richmond, making 89 senior appearances.

In the 1996 pre-season AFL Draft, Richmond released Maxfield from his contract and he was drafted by Sydney, arriving at the club in the same year as Tony Lockett. Maxfield was a solid midfield contributor alongside Paul Kelly, and in 2003 was rewarded by being appointed captain after Kelly retired from the AFL.

In 2005, Stuart Maxfield and his wife separated, and he decided to resign from the Sydney captaincy to spend time with his children in Melbourne on weekdays.

He remained at the Swans, but missed much of the 2005 AFL season after resigning from the Swans captaincy, and as a result missed an opportunity to play in the 2005 AFL Grand Final in which Sydney defeated the West Coast Eagles by four points. Shortly after the game, at the club's 2005 Best and Fairest awards night, he announced his retirement from the AFL.

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