Jarrod Harbrow

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Jarrod Harbrow
Personal information
Full name Jarrod Harbrow
Date of birth (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 30)
Place of birth Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Original team(s) South Cairns Cutters (AFL Cairns)
Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 27, 2007 Rookie Draft, Western Bulldogs
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Gold Coast
Number 5
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2010 Western Bulldogs 70 (21)
2011– Gold Coast 154 (33)
Total 224 (54)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2009–2015 Indigenous All-Stars 3
International team honours
2013 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2015.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jarrod Harbrow (born 18 July 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life[edit]

Harbrow was born in Cairns to an Indigenous Australian mother from Cairns and a Caucasian father from Mooroopna, Victoria.[1] His indigenous ancestry can be traced to the Yirrganydji, a rainforest tribe in Far North Queensland.[2] He grew up in the town of Cairns, in Queensland and began playing junior football with the Manunda Hawks and then the South Cairns in the AFL Cairns competition.

During his teenage years, he moved up and down between his father's town of Mooroopna, Victoria and Queensland and gave his brother bone marrow to survive leukemia.[1]

Harbrow represented Queensland at both the 2004 AFL Under 16 Championships and 2006 AFL Under 18 Championships, both sides winning the respective division titles.

In 2005, at the age of 16, he moved to Victoria where he played for the Mooroopna Football Club before joining the TAC Cup side the Murray Bushrangers in a bid to nominate for the AFL Draft. He was overlooked in the 2006 AFL Draft, however had already attracted the attention of AFL talent scouts Peter Dean and Scott Clayton.

AFL career[edit]

Drafted as a rookie, Harbrow was picked up by the Bulldogs in the 2007 rookie draft.

Following only a short time in development playing for the Bulldogs VFL affiliate Werribee, Harbrow was called up for his AFL debut against the Richmond Tigers in Round 4, 2007.

He has since become a senior regular and impressed with his pace, skill, defensive pressure and evasive running abilities.

In 2009, after struggling to get a game in the first few weeks of the season, he was thrown into defence against North Melbourne. Since then, he was often seen among the Bulldogs' best, became a regular senior player. He had many highlights in 2009 and shut down some of the league's best small forwards, including Matt Campbell, Stephen Milne, Brad Dick, and Mathew Stokes.

At the conclusion of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs confirmed Jarrod would be the newest uncontracted player to join the Gold Coast Suns. Jarrod wasted no time with the announcement to the football world, coming just days after the Bulldogs' loss to St Kilda in the preliminary final. After being the subject of much speculation all year, the lure of returning home to Queensland proved too strong, despite the Bulldogs' best efforts to retain the rebounding damaging defender.

Jarrod was the fifth uncontracted player from an AFL club to join the Suns.

Jarrod played his 100th AFL game in Round 18, 2012 against Sydney. In round 7, 2016 he became the first Gold Coast player to play 100 AFL games.[3]

In round 19, 2018, Harbrow became the first Gold Coast player to play 150 games for the club. The club board ratified the decision to award him life membership.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Home - AFL Queensland". AFL Queensland.
  2. ^ AFL Record. Round 9,2009. Slattery Publishing. pg 75.
  3. ^ 'Jarrod Harbrow the first Gold Coast Suns player to reach 100 games' - Courier Mail
  4. ^ "Gold Coast Suns on Twitter".

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