Brad Fisher

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Brad Fisher
Personal information
Full name Bradley Fisher
Date of birth (1984-04-09) 9 April 1984 (age 33)
Original team(s) East Burwood / Eastern Ranges
Debut Round 2, 4 April 2003, Carlton
vs. Collingwood, at M.C.G.
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2010 Carlton 99 (127)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2010.
Career highlights
  • Carlton NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2003.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Bradley "Brad" Fisher (born 9 April 1984) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League.

Fisher was recruited in the 2002 AFL Draft from East Burwood by the Carlton Football Club with its fifth round selection (#72 overall). He was the third-last player selected in that draft, with the two later selections, Karl Norman and Mick Martyn, also taken by Carlton, who had that year been stripped of early draft picks due to salary cap breaches. Fisher made his AFL debut for the Carlton Football Club in the second round of his first season, 2003, against Collingwood.

Fisher played both in the forward line and at half-forward. Throughout his career, he was recognised as an excellent and safe one-grab overhead mark, perhaps the best at the club, and regularly took strong contested marks in forward packs; but, he was a poor kick for goal, with both short range and low accuracy, and while he did improve in both of these areas through his career, they remained weaknesses in his game. He played a valuable role as a supporting forward option to full-forward Brendan Fevola until 2008, and kicked a personal best four goals in a game against Essendon in 2007. From 2009, Fisher struggled for regular selection, playing only seven games for Carlton and spending the rest of the time at Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants, including playing in the team's grand final loss. After injuring his knee during the 2010 preseason, he managed only one game during the season.

At the end of the 2010 season, Fisher was delisted by Carlton, after a career of 99 senior games for the club. His career was hindered by several injuries. He has had two serious injuries to his left knee, both to the anterior cruciate ligament, which caused him to miss nineteen games in 2004 and 2005 following a conventional knee reconstruction, and saw him miss the first half of the 2010 season following a LARS knee reconstruction. He also missed nine games in 2006 with shoulder injuries, and the start of the 2008 with a broken thumb.

Fisher was involved in the AFL Players Association during his career, serving as Carlton's delegate for four seasons; in 2013, he became manager of the AFLPA's Alumni Program.[1]

After being delisted, Fisher played for the West Adelaide Football Club in the South Australian National Football League in 2011 and 2012,[2] then for Dalyston in the Alberton Football League in 2013 and 2014.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adam Baldwin (26 April 2013). "New Fish in the AFL players' pond". Retrieved 28 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Homfray, R., Herald Sun, "Former Blue Brad Fisher plays on in SANFL with West Adelaide", 15 December 2010k, retrieved 15 December 2010.
  3. ^ Adam McNicol (23 June 2013). "Dalyston all set to take wing again". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2013. 

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