Jesse White (footballer)
White in March 2017
|Full name||Jesse White|
|Date of birth||9 January 1988|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Southport (QAFL)|
|Draft||No. 79, 2006 national draft|
|Height||197 cm (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||107 kg (236 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 4, 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Jesse Jackson White (born 9 January 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing with the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Sydney Swans from 2007 to 2013. He was drafted by Sydney Swans with pick 79 in the 2006 national draft.
White was born in Melbourne, Victoria. His family moved to the Gold Coast when he was two years old, and he attended John Paul College during his high school years. He was first selected to represent Queensland in basketball at under 12 level, and continued to make representative teams up to under 18 level. In 2005, he rejected a scholarship offer from the Australian Institute of Sport to concentrate on Australian football.
White played his junior football at the Surfers Paradise Australian Football Club on the Gold Coast. He was selected to represent Queensland in 2004 at under 16 level, while playing for Surfers Paradise. He switched to the Southport Australian Football Club to play both under 18 and senior football. Despite having a good year for Southport and the under 18 Queensland team, he was overlooked in the 2005 AFL draft. He remained at Southport for the 2006 season, winning the QAFL premiership and was a standout performer in Queensland's victorious run at the 2006 AFL Under 18 Championships.
White was drafted by the Sydney Swans with the pick 79 in the 2006 AFL draft. Despite being drafted in 2006, White didn't make his league debut until round 6, 2008, under controversial circumstances, when White mistakenly entered the playing field before Darren Jolly had left the field in the final minutes of their drawn match against North Melbourne. The AFL fined Sydney $50,000 for having an extra man on the field for approximately 18 seconds, which led to the formation of the new interchange policy.
White's playing style is primarily a forward that can also ruck. After Peter Everitt retired, White played as the second ruck to Darren Jolly. After Barry Hall's retirement and subsequent trade to Western Bulldogs in the 2009 off-season, White was moved into the forward line, kicking four goals in his first match as a forward. The Swans re-signed him in 2010 on a three year contract to prevent the new club, Gold Coast from recruiting him. Despite promising performances as a forward throughout the 2010 season, he spent considerable time in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL) throughout 2011 and the 2012 premiership year, due to inconsistent form.
With a season left to run on his contract, the Swans attempted to use White in the trade for Kurt Tippett with Adelaide. The subsequent AFL investigation from the attempted trade discovered that Adelaide had breached the salary cap and contract laws governing the players. White remained a Swans player for the 2013 season. With Goodes injured for most of the season, White was often instrumental, kicking 20 goals in 15 games, with his best match against Adelaide, individually outscoring Adelaide with three goals to three quarter time.
- As of the completion of the 2016 season
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- AFL Queensland - Jesse White Profile
- Hinds, Richard; Swans fined $50,000 but get to keep their points;Realfooty;2008-04-30
- Swans' Jesse White gets Rising Star nod
- Quayle, Emma (29 November 2011). "The Tippett saga: how it went wrong for Crows". RealFooty. The Age.
- Ryan, Peter (21 October 2013). "Swan forward flies south to Collingwood". AFL.com.au. BigPond.
- "Jesse White". AFL Tables. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
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