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Banfield at the 2006 AFL Grand Final Parade
|Date of birth||27 February 1974|
|Original team(s)||Subiaco (WAFL)|
|Debut||Round 16, 18 July 1993, West Coast Eagles
vs. Essendon, at Melbourne Cricket Ground
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|1993–2006||West Coast Eagles||265 (76)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2006.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Drew Banfield (born 27 February 1974) is a former AFL football player.
He won the Eagles' Club Champion Award in 1996, as well as playing in the Eagles' 1994 premiership side. He was not the flashiest of players, but his hard-working attributes and constant presence in the team for over a decade qualifies him as a more than worthy number one draft pick. In 2006 the West Coast Eagles were celebrating their 20th anniversary, and a best team from the club's history was chosen. Consideration was based on playing 100 games for the West Coast Eagles, career longevity, finishes in the Club Champion Award, impact and other individual accolades. Drew Banfield was named on the interchange bench in this side and will go down as one of the Eagles' greats.
In 2006, Banfield was struggling for selection and fought his way into the side in Round 9, but remained on the fringes of selection throughout the season. He missed out on the semi-final against the Bulldogs but was recalled for the preliminary final against Adelaide, and retained for the Grand Final against Sydney due to his experience. It was his second AFL premiership, twelve years after his first, and made him the only player to appear in both West Coast's 1994 and 2006 premiership teams. On Friday 6 October 2006, Banfield announced his retirement from AFL football at the West Coast Eagles Club Champion awards, having played 265 games.
Drew is married to Amber Lee-Steere and has four children, three sons, Bailey, Charlie and Harper and a daughter Willow. Drew went to Scotch College, in Perth and still plays games against the Scotch 1st XI, as part of a Scotch tradition which occurs each year.
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- Drew Banfield's playing statistics from AFL Tables