Johnstone at a Brisbane Lions training session in 2007
|Full name||Travis Johnstone|
|Nickname(s)||Jesus, Caveman, Trappa, Tigger|
|Date of birth||17 July 1980|
|Original team(s)||Chelsea/Dandenong Stingrays|
|Draft||1st overall, 1997 AFL Draft
|Height / weight||184 cm / 83 kg|
|2008–2010||Brisbane Lions||49 (24)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2010.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Travis Johnstone (born 17 July 1980) is an Australian rules footballer who has played for the Melbourne Football Club and Brisbane Lions in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the grandson of former Fitzroy Lions player, Norm Johnstone.
AFL career at Melbourne
Johnstone was the first selection in the 1997 AFL Draft and made his debut in the 1998 season.
Johnstone took time to develop into a star player for Melbourne, and for some time was criticised in the football media for underachieving as a number 1 draft selection.
Johnstone gradually developed into a midfielder possessing terrific vision and skill, who in 2006 for the second year in a row, led the team in the Brownlow Medal, with 11 votes. During the year he accumulated 469 disposals at 21 an outing, which included first for inside 50s (87) and third for rebounds from 50 (55), and was also 5th in tackles (77).
In 2007 Johnstone struggled to capture his best form and was not helped by an Achilles tendon injury holding him to only 15 games. Johnstone produced a career-high 42 disposals in what would be his final game for the Demons in round 22 against Carlton.
Throughout his career at Melbourne, Travis Johnstone was recognised as one of the AFL's most dangerous and talented midfielders; however, he often struggled for consistency, and finished in the Truscott Medal top ten only twice.
Trade to the Brisbane Lions
On 11 October 2007 it was confirmed that the Brisbane Lions had acquired the 27-year-old midfielder from Melbourne for draft pick number 14 in the 2007 national draft, which the Lions had received from Collingwood in a trade for young ruckman Cameron Wood. This came after weeks of speculation over Johnstone's future with the club. New coach Dean Bailey was openly looking for high draft picks and Johnstone was considered a more expendable, yet of decent value. After the clubs confirmed Johnstone was now a Lion, the Melbourne Football Club was bombarded with phone calls from angry supporters who were furious that Johnstone was traded, proving that Johnstone was a very popular player among fans. In his debut for the Lions in Round 1, he amassed 20 disposals off the bench in their loss to the West Coast Eagles. The week after, Johnstone managed 22 disposals in Brisbane's nailbiting 2-point win against the Collingwood Magpies. Arguably his finest game for Brisbane to date came in the Lions' Round 8, 2008 win over Carlton where Johnstone amassed 32 disposals, six tackles and three goals. In round 11 2010, Johnstone managed a remarkable 37 disposals in a one-point loss to North Melbourne.
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- Stevens, Mark (12 October 2007). "Melbourne fans' anger over Travis Johnstone trade". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- Phelan, Jason (28 October 2010). "Lions axe Johnstone". AFL.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 October 2010.
- Witham, Jennifer (12 November 2010). "Johnstone nominates for draft, heads for NT". AFL BigPond Network. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- Travis Johnstone's Player Profile at AFL Tables
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