|Full name||Chris Masten|
|Date of birth||2 May 1989|
|Original team(s)||East Fremantle (WAFL)|
|Draft||3rd overall, 2007 National Draft (West Coast)|
|Height / weight||179 cm / 77 kg|
|Current club||West Coast|
|2008–||West Coast||163 (59)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of rd2 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Chris Masten (born 2 May 1989) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was chosen as the first round pick (number 3 overall) in the 2007 AFL Draft by the Eagles, the team he had supported as a child.
Standing at 179 cm, Masten projects as an inside midfielder in the mould of fellow West Australians Paul Hasleby & Simon Black. Features of his game include clean hands, good vision, courageous attack on the ball and a very large aerobic capacity. Masten showed strong leadership in the 2007 Under 18 championships, captaining Western Australia to win the tournament and on an individual level winning All-Australian honours averaging 25 disposals and five clearances across the 3 games. He was also a graduate of the AIS/AFL Academy in 2006.
He made his senior debut for WAFL team East Fremantle in the Round 1 win against South Fremantle, gathering 17 disposals and kicking 3 goals. Masten went on to play 15 games and average 14 disposals per game while also kicking 6 goals for the season.
Masten made his professional debut in round 2 of the 2008 season against Adelaide. While in his debut match he gathered 11 possessions, he was dropped for the next match against arch-rivals Fremantle. He returned for the next match against Sydney finishing with 16 possessions, the second highest possession getter for the team in that match, he went to play a further 7 matches of the season including West Coast's win over the Adelaide Crows in Round 9 of 2008, in that match he also scored his first goal in the AFL before being sent away mid-season to have groin surgery for osteitis pubis.
In 2012 Masten played in every game and finished seventh in the club's best and fairest award. He repeated the top 10 finishes for the next two years as he cemented his position in the Eagles midfield.
In August 2015, Masten was found guilty of biting Fremantle Docker player Nick Suban by the AFL tribunal. He was suspended for two matches. It was the first biting case in the AFL since former Eagle Chris Lewis was banned for three matches in 1991.
On Australia Day in 2008, Masten was arrested for disorderly conduct after drunkenly punching a man to the ground. Masten pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct charge and was fined $750 and ordered to pay costs of $110 and received a spent conviction. Masten was also fined $2000 and suspended by the West Coast Eagles from the pre-season NAB cup.
- Eagles fan Chris Masten delighted to be picked by West Coast
- Masten gets rising star nomination
- "2012 Club Best and Fairest Awards".
- "2013 Club Best and Fairest Awards".
- "2014 Club Best and Fairest Awards".
- Nicholson, Larissa (18 August 2015). "West Coast's Chris Masten found guilty of biting".
- Hope, Shayne (19 August 2015). "Masten ban doesn't pass "sniff test"".
- Murnane, Matt (18 August 2015). "Chris Masten facing five-week suspension if found guilty of biting Nick Suban: Garry Lyon".
- West Coast Eagle Masten fined $750
- Chris Masten in strife over Australia Day allegations
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