McLean in April 2006
|Full name||Brock McLean|
|Date of birth||11 March 1986|
|Original team(s)||Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 5, 2003 National Draft, Melbourne|
|Height / weight||184cm / 84 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
McLean was recruited by the Melbourne Football Club, selected in the 2003 AFL National Draft with the club's first round selection (#5 overall) and Melbourne's second selection overall, owing to a pick in the priority round.
McLean debuted for Melbourne in 2004, showing instant maturity and decision making ability quickly. He also became one of the most consistent midfielders in the side. A supergoal in the NAB Cup signalled McLean would be a force in the AFL, finishing the season with nine games.
McLean's 2006 season was interrupted by leg and hamstring injuries, but when playing he had immediate impact and was sorely missed when not available for selection.
McLean started the 2007 season in the worst possible way, sustaining a serious foot injury in round one, playing against St Kilda. The injury kept him out of the majority of the first half of the season. In this period, Melbourne proceeded to lose its first nine games. Once returning to the field, McLean again managed to gather numerous possessions.
McLean injured ligaments in his ankle in a tackle during Melbourne's Round 14 match against Brisbane in 2008. Although McLean returned to the field later in the match, it was later declared that he would require surgery, ending his season. Although McLean finished the season with only 14 games, he ran a close second in Melbourne's best and fairest.
At the end of the 2009 season, McLean was traded to the Carlton Football Club in exchange for its first round selection (No. 11 overall) in the 2009 National Draft. McLean had requested to be traded, and he revealed in an interview in 2012 that his primary reason was that he did not enjoy what he saw as a losing culture at Melbourne – particularly towards the end of the 2009 season, a time when Melbourne was perceived by football journalists to have tanked in order to secure a priority draft pick.
McLean made his debut for Carlton in the first round of 2010, but niggling injuries and knee surgery restricted McLean's playing time for the rest of 2010. He was healthy throughout 2011, but played the majority of the season for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Bullants. He played a total of nineteen games for the Bullants through the season, and won the Laurie Hill Trophy as best and fairest. Despite this good form at VFL level, he could not gain regular selection for Carlton, playing only four AFL matches for the year.
After playing only eleven games in his first two and a half years at Carlton, McLean gained regular selection at Carlton after Round 9, 2012, and played every match for the rest of the season, ultimately finishing fourth in the best and fairest.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2014 season
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- Hayes, Mark; Timms, Daryl (31 July 2012). "AFL to interview Brock McLean over tanking claims". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
- "Laurie Hill Trophy". Northern Bullants Football Club. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
- "Brock McLean - Player Statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
- "Scotland wins his first Best & Fairest". Carlton Football Club. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Carlton list changes". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Chris Cavanagh (12 January 2015). "Delisted Carlton midfielder signs on with Aberfeldie in EDFL". Moonee Valley Leader. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
- Brock McLean's player profile at AFL Tables