Robinson at a game for the Lions against Port Adelaide in April 2017
|Full name||Mitchell Robinson|
|Date of birth||7 June 1989|
|Original team(s)||Tasmanian Devils (VFL)|
|Draft||No. 40, 2008 National Draft, Carlton|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb)|
|Current club||Brisbane Lions|
|2015–||Brisbane Lions||49 (22)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Robinson is a midfielder/half-forward who played junior football in Tasmania. In 2008, as an eighteen-year-old, he played eleven games for the Tasmanian Devils Football Club in the Victorian Football League, as well as two games for the Lauderdale Football Club seniors in the Southern Football League, and one game for the Tassie Mariners in the TAC Cup. He featured prominently at the AFL Under 18s Championship, winning Hunter-Harrison Medal as the best player in Division Two of the competition. He was drafted by the Carlton Football Club with its 3rd round selection (No. 40 overall) in the 2008 AFL National Draft, and made his debut in Round 1, 2009 against Richmond at the M.C.G., scoring three goals.
Robinson played sporadically in the AFL in his first two seasons, playing 26 of 46 possible games for Carlton and spending the rest of the time with VFL-affiliate Northern Bullants. His breakthrough came in the 2011 season, when he won a regular place in the team, and became a key ball-winner in the midfield; at midseason, Herald Sun commentator Mark Robinson heralded him as the league's most improved player. He went on to finish seventh in the John Nicholls Medal count for the season, and was selected to represent Australia in the 2011 International Rules Series.
Robinson was involved in some off-field incidents during his time at Carlton. He was involved in a fight at the 2013 Big Day Out festival, and was fined $1,000 by the club as a result. Then in August 2014, Robinson suffered a fractured eye-socket when he and Jeff Garlett became unwittingly involved in a brawl outside a nightspot at 5am on a Sunday morning; Robinson lied about the incident, telling the club he had sustained the injury in a boxing session at training, and he was fined $5,000 by the club.
Robinson was delisted by Carlton after the 2014 season, having played 100 games for Carlton, after lying to the club about being involved in an incident with teammate Jeff Garlett. He was then signed as a delisted free agent by the Brisbane Lions. In 2015 he was the joint winner of the Merrett–Murray Medal as Brisbane's best and fairest, alongside Dayne Beams, Stefan Martin and Dayne Zorko.
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- "Mitch Robinson joins Brisbane Lions as delisted free agent". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. 3 November 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
- Jon Pierik (20 August 2014). "Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse". The Age. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- "Carlton list changes". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Whiting, Michael (12 September 2015). "Four Lions share top honour at best and fairest". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
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