Keegan Brooksby

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Keegan Brooksby
Personal information
Date of birth (1990-04-27) 27 April 1990 (age 29)
Original team(s) South Adelaide
Draft No. 42, 2015 rookie draft
No. 4 2017 rookie draft
Height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Weight 99 kg (218 lb)
Club information
Current club West Coast
Number 40
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2015–2017 Gold Coast 14 (3)
2019– West Coast 00 (0)
Total 14 (3)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Keegan Brooksby (born 27 April 1990) is a professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played for South Adelaide in the South Australian National Football League and was their best and fairest in 2014 before being selected in the 2015 rookie draft by Gold Coast. He was delisted at the end of 2016, re-drafted in the 2017 rookie draft and subsequently delisted again at the end of 2017. He is set to be picked up by West Coast for the 2019 season.

SANFL career[edit]

Brooksby was recruited by South Adelaide in 2008 from a basketball background.[1] He started his career mainly playing for South Adelaide's reserves team but by 2012 was starting to push his way into the league side, even playing for South Adelaide in a Foxtel Cup match against Port Melbourne.[2] In spite of being considered short for a ruckman,[3] his career went on the up in 2013 when he was the most improved player for South Adelaide, giving them a major advantage in ruck contests.[4] In 2014 he consistently played well and was South Adelaide's best and fairest.[1] His good form was rewarded when he was selected with pick 42 in the 2015 rookie draft by Gold Coast.[5]

AFL career[edit]

Brooksby was elevated from the rookie list and made his debut against Hawthorn in round 9 of the 2015 season.[5] As he was Gold Coast's third choice ruckman, behind Tom Nicholls and Zac Smith, all of his AFL matches came filling in as a key forward or defender even though his specialty was ruckwork.[3] After playing three AFL games, his season was brought to an early finish when doctors discovered a blood clot in his arm.[6] Later in the year, one of his ribs had to be removed due to the blood clot.[7]

In 2016 Brooksby continued to be Gold Coast's third choice ruckman, now behind Tom Nicholls and Daniel Currie. However, when both of them were injured, Brooksby got his first opportunities to play as a specialist ruckman at AFL level.[3] His final game in 2016 was his best, collecting 17 disposals and winning 29 hit-outs against Port Adelaide in round 23. At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted by Gold Coast.[8] He was subsequently re-drafted by Gold Coast in the 2017 rookie draft.[9]

Brooksby traveled with the team for the first ever AFL games in China against Port Adelaide. He wasn't initially selected to play, but when teammate Rory Thompson injured his hamstring in the warm-up, Brooksby had to be rushed into the team at the last minute.[10] In 2017 he continued to struggle to play in AFL matches because now he was relegated to fourth ruckman in line thanks to the addition of Jarrod Witts to the team. In spite of this, all three other ruckmen were injured simultaneously towards the end of the season, giving Brooksby another opportunity at AFL level.[11] He was again delisted by Gold Coast at the conclusion of the 2017 season.[12] He joined West Coast via the newly implemented pre-season supplemental selection period.[13]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[14]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2015 Gold Coast 31 3 3 1 13 9 22 10 11 30 1.0 0.3 4.3 3.0 7.3 3.3 3.7 10.0
2016 Gold Coast 31 8 0 0 51 49 100 24 26 70 0.0 0.0 6.4 6.1 12.5 3.0 3.3 8.8
2017 Gold Coast 31 3 0 0 18 28 46 12 10 36 0.0 0.0 6.0 9.3 15.3 4.0 3.3 12.0
Career 14 3 1 82 86 168 46 47 136 0.2 0.1 5.9 6.1 12.0 3.3 3.4 9.7


  1. ^ a b Broadstock, Amelia (14 October 2014). "South Adelaide ruckman Keegan Brooksby wins best and fairest". The Advertiser. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  2. ^ Bednall, Jai (22 June 2012). "Panthers close to full strength". The Advertiser. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Boswell, Tom (17 August 2016). "Brooksby aims to prove wrong the doubters who say he is undersized". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  4. ^ Bednall, Jai (14 June 2013). "South Adelaide's John McDonald cops penalty for missing recovery session". The Advertiser. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b Wilson, Terry (2 June 2015), "Blue Bloods: Sydney Swans NSW representation at all-time high", Gold Coast Bulletin, retrieved 16 September 2017
  6. ^ Harbour, Jack (29 July 2015). "Gold Coast Suns forward Charlie Dixon to ponder huge offer from Brisbane Lions". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  7. ^ Wilson, Terry (11 December 2015). "Keegan Brooksby loses a rib after blood clot causes complications". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  8. ^ Malcolm, Alex (28 October 2016). "Suns pull the pin on tall timber with four delistings". Australian Football League. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  9. ^ Browne, Ashley (28 November 2016). "Giants reunite ex-Dockers Mzungu and de Boer". Australian Football League. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  10. ^ Edwards, Nat (14 May 2017). "Five talking points: Gold Coast v Port Adelaide". Australian Football League. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  11. ^ Hyde, Chris (19 August 2017). "Tall order for Brooksby as last Sun standing". NewsMail. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  12. ^ Schmook, Nathan (16 October 2014). "Hawk six-gamer takes up three-year offer from Suns". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
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  14. ^ "Keegan Brooksby stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 November 2016.

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