|Full name||John Gastev|
|Date of birth||11 August 1964|
|Original team(s)||West Perth|
|Draft||2nd overall, 1989 Pre-season Draft|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||76 kg (168 lb)|
|1987–1988||West Coast||30 (31)|
|1989–1994||Brisbane Bears||113 (41)|
|Representative team honours|
|1990–1993||Western Australia||2 (1)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 1990.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
A cult figure and "crowd favourite" standing at only 177 centimetres (5 ft 10 in) and weighing just 73 kilograms (161 lb), Gastev began with West Perth in 1983. However, Gastev's career did not take off until 1985 when he gave up a career as an engraver to concentrate upon football full-time and became a mainstay for the Falcons before debuting with the West Coast Eagles in their inaugural season. After only two seasons and 30 games, Gastev was dumped and joined the Brisbane Bears for 1989. Gastev's main roles were as a tagger, though he occasionally played as a forward in his early years. In an upset with over the Sydney Swans early in 1989, Gastev kicked seven goals after half-time, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that he kicked no other goal in the first thirteen rounds of 1989. In this first year at the Bears he won the best and fairest, repeating the feat in 1992.
After 1990, Gastev played chiefly in defence, and his career was ended when he suffered a major hit at the hands of Gary Ablett in a match in 1994 at Kardinia Park. Gastev announced his retirement during the off-season, despite being only thirty years old.