|Full name||Sam Grimley|
|Date of birth||3 January 1991|
|Original team(s)||Northern Knights (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 39, 2009 National Draft|
|Debut||Round 9, 2013, Hawthorn
vs. Gold Coast, at MCG
|Height / weight||199 cm / 91 kg|
|Position(s)||Forward / Ruckman|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
After Hawthorn won the 2008 premiership, the Hawthorn recruitment officer concentrated on the younger players in the 2009 AFL Draft. Grimley was a third-round selection (Hawthorn), No. 39 overall.
The lightly built former junior basketballer came to Hawthorn as a long-term project. After three years of development, the club started seeing good results. Grimley spent a lot of time close to goal in 2012, hoping to set himself up as a forward/ruck option. He played six games in Box Hill’s senior team early in the year but suffered a hand injury. Grimley started 2013 showing strong performances for Box Hill and the selectors were watching. Grimley was named as an emergency for the Hawks on a number of occasions in 2013. An ankle injury to David Hale helped open up an opportunity for Grimley to debut against Gold Coast in Round 9 of the 2013 AFL season. His debut started well by taking an early mark and kicking a goal with his first kick in the AFL. He finished with fourteen possessions and 11 hit-outs before being subbed off at three quarter time.
Grimley did not play a senior game in 2014, and spent the whole season playing with Hawthorn's VFL-affiliate, Box Hill. He tied with Port Melbourne's Daniel Connors as the leading goalkicker in the 2014 VFL home-and-away season, kicking 38 goals for the year. Hawthorn delisted Grimley from its senior list at the end at the end of 2014, but resigned him in the rookie draft. In 2015 he again spent the whole season playing for Box Hill, and with 42 goals was again joint-winner of the Frosty Miller Medal.
He was delisted at the conclusion of the 2015 season. He went undrafted and had signed with WAFL club Subiaco; but in February 2016 he instead signed with Essendon as a top-up player due to the club's supplements controversy.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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- Travis King; Ryan Davidson; Giulio di Giorgio (30 August 2015). "Around the state leagues: Who's firing for your club in this weekend's second tier?". Australian Football League. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
- "Hawthorn list changes". HawthornFC.com.au. Bigpond. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
- "Grimley joins". EssendonFC.com.au. Bigpond. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
- "Sam Grimley stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2016.