|Date of birth||22 January 1983|
|Place of birth||Holbrook, New South Wales|
|Original team(s)||North Shore (Sydney AFL)|
|Debut||Round 15, 2003, Geelong
vs. Richmond, at Telstra Dome
|Height||198 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||100 kg (220 lb)|
|2008–2010||Sydney Swans||16 (14)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Henry Playfair (born 22 January 1983) is the current forwards coach at the Sydney Swans, having previously been an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. Playfair grew up and around the town of Holbrook in the Riverina region of New South Wales.
Drafted by the Geelong Cats in the 2001 AFL Draft at pick number 41, he debuted in Round 15 of the 2003 season at Telstra Dome. He was one of Geelong's main players in the 2005 AFL season, however a series of injuries hampered his performance in 2006. He was a key forward who also played the positions of back and ruck.
Due to a lack of opportunities, and moving into the prime of his career, Playfair asked to be traded to the Sydney Swans in 2008 and was traded in exchange for a third round draft pick. He moved back to his home state in an attempt to get more AFL playing opportunities.
Sydney delisted Playfair on 13 November 2009 and then redrafted him as a mature age rookie with their first pick (pick 10) in the Rookie Draft on 15 December 2009.
Playfair retired as a player at the end of the 2010 season due to injury concerns, but continued his involvement with football and with the Sydney club, being appointed as a development coach. He coached the reserves team to the NEAFL grand final in 2011. In 2012 he became an assistant coach at the club. He was responsible for the forward line in that year, in which the Swans won the AFL premiership, and has continued in that role.
After suffering a serious back injury in the Round 14 match against Richmond at the SCG, and after medical advice Playfair decided to call an end to his career as an AFL player.
Playfair said "When I found out I’d done some damage to my back it was a bit of a shock. At first I didn’t know what it meant for my season, and then I spoke further to the doctor and the physio and it looked like my season was over, I then had to make a decision about next year, and coming off the troubles I’ve had previously with hamstring injuries over the past couple of seasons, the back was another indication that my body is not up to it at this stage.’’
- "Sydney Swans Coaching Staff". sydneyswans.com.au. Sydney Swans. Retrieved 23 August 2015.
- Cats trade Steven King and Charlie Gardiner to Saints for pick 90
- Dethroned King finds new realm
- Sydney Swans page on Henry Playfair
- Henry Playfair retires
- Geelong Football Club player Brent Prismall is rough and ready
- Henry Playfair's statistics from AFL Tables