|Full name||Kyle Cheney|
|Date of birth||25 August 1989|
|Original team(s)||Warrack Eagles (WFL)
North Ballarat Rebels (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 52, 2007 National Draft, Melbourne|
|Debut||Round 1, 2009, Melbourne
vs. North Melbourne, at MCG
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 198 lb)|
|Position(s)||Medium defender, midfielder|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Kyle Cheney (born 25 August 1989) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Cheney was recruited from the North Ballarat Rebels by Melbourne with pick 53 in the 2007 National Draft after finishing second in Rebels' best and fairest count that year. He was traded to Hawthorn after the 2010 season, and then to Adelaide at the end of 2014.
Cheney played the whole 2008 season for Sandringham in the VFL. He made his AFL debut in the first round of the 2009 season, and was among his side's best in a 34-point loss to North Melbourne. He played 12 matches for Melbourne in 2009 but only two in 2010, playing the rest of the season with the Casey Scorpions and winning their player of the year award that year. At the end of the 2010 season, Cheney was traded to Hawthorn along with pick 66 for pick 52. He played his last game for Melbourne after being traded, an exhibition match against the Brisbane Lions in China.
Cheney played his first game for Hawthorn midway through 2011, against Fremantle. He played in eight games that season, kicking his first AFL goal against Essendon, and six matches in 2012. In 2013 Cheney played just four AFL games due to the form of his teammates in a premiership year for the club. He played the rest of the year with Hawthorn's VFL affiliate, the Box Hill Hawks, and won the best and fairest award for Box Hill, averaging 17.8 disposals and 7.7 marks playing in defence and helping Box Hill win the VFL premiership that year. In 2014, Cheney played the opening nine games of the season as a key defender for the injury-hit Hawks, before failing to break into the side for the rest of the season. At the end of the season, he was traded to Adelaide in the last few minutes of the trading period, along with teammate Luke Lowden and draft picks 43 and 47, in exchange for picks 31, 50 and 68.
Cheney played an equal career-best 12 games in his first season at Adelaide despite interruptions due to injury, thriving as a versatile defender with an average of 4.8 spoils per game (ranked second at the club) at 75.9% efficiency (first). At the end of the season, Cheney was issued with a warning by the AFL after unintentionally starting and facilitating an allegation that Western Bulldogs defender Michael Talia had shared sensitive information with his brother, Adelaide defender Daniel Talia, ahead of their two clubs meeting in the 2015 Second Elimination Final, an allegation the pair were cleared of.
- Statistics are correct to end of round 12, 2016
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