Michael Firrito

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Michael Firrito
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Personal information
Full name Michael Firrito
Nickname(s) Spud, The Mexican
Date of birth (1983-11-27) 27 November 1983 (age 32)
Original team(s) Box Hill Hawks (VFL)
Height / weight 189cm / 93kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 11
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2016 North Melbourne 275 (29)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 23, 2016.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
Career highlights

Michael "Spud" Firrito (born 27 November 1983) is an Australian rules footballer who is a former player of the North Melbourne Football Club in Australian Football League (AFL). He made his AFL debut in round 12 on the 13 June 2003. He played 2 games that year and the following year received a Rising Star nomination. Although primarily a defender, he has been used by the Kangaroos as a tagger in the past.

Firrito had a career best year in 2007. He was the main defender for the Roos, with his bulky yet small frame attracting the big forwards of the game. After Glenn Archer's retirement, Archer handed over his no. 11 guernsey to Firrito, who wore the number instead of the no. 24 he had worn since his debut in 2004. He has played over 200 AFL matches and all for North Melbourne Football Club.

In August 2016, North Melbourne announced they would not renew Firrito's contract for the 2017 season.[1]

International Rules Series[edit]

Michael Firrito was selected by Mick Malthouse for 2008 International Rules series for Australia against Ireland. In the first Test, Firrito played as full back and right corner back before replacing Nathan Bock as goalkeeper for the second test,[2] when he made many good saves despite conceding 4 goals.[3] Firrito was one of 5 North Melbourne players selected in the squad, along with Daniel Wells, Drew Petrie, Brent Harvey and Matt Campbell.


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