Will Hayward

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Will Hayward
Will Hayward 2017.1.jpg
Hayward playing for Sydney in March 2017
Personal information
Full name William O. A. Hayward
Date of birth (1998-10-26) 26 October 1998 (age 20)
Original team(s) North Adelaide (SANFL)
Draft No. 21, 2016 national draft
Debut Round 2, 2017, Sydney
vs. Western Bulldogs, at Etihad Stadium
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Sydney
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2017– Sydney 39 (50)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 12, 2018.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

William O. A. Hayward (born 26 October 1998) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by Sydney with their second selection and twenty-first overall, a priority draft pick,[1] in the 2016 national draft.[2] He made his debut against the Western Bulldogs in the twenty-three point loss against the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium in round 2, 2017.[3]

Hayward received the AFL Rising Star nomination for round 23 after kicking three goals in the Swans' 81-point win over Carlton at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Will Hayward was educated at St Peter's College, Adelaide, starting in grade 3 in 2006 and completing his final year in 2016. He has two older siblings Harry and Alice.


  1. ^ "Pick 21: Will Hayward". Sydney Swans. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ Homfrey, Reece (25 November 2016). "Just six South Australian players selected in 2016 AFL Draft". The Advertiser. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  3. ^ Cordy, Neil (30 March 2017). "Sydney Swans name three debutants for Grand Final rematch against Western Bulldogs". The Daily Telegraph. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  4. ^ McGowan, Marc (28 August 2017). "Three kicks enough for 'coach's pet' Rising Star". BigPond. Australian Football League. Retrieved 28 August 2017.

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