Clayton Oliver

AFL

Stats

Date of Birth

22/07/1997

Hometown

Mooroopna – Victoria

Manager

Nick Gieschen

Teams

Mooroopna / Bendigo Pioneers / Murray Bushrangers / Melbourne Demons

Career Highlights and Awards

  • AFL Rising Star Nominee 2016
  • AFL 22 Under 22 Team 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Melbourne FC Best Young Player 2016
  • Melbourne Best and Fairest 2017
  • AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player 2017
  • Melbourne Runner-Up Best and Fairest 2018
  • All-Australian 2018

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Clayton is a strong-bodied midfielder who became one of the draft bolters in 2015, being selected by Melbourne with pick 4. His stoppage work is first rate and he excels one-on-one.

Oliver made his debut in Round 1, 2016, collecting 17 disposals in the first half with many describing it as “the best 60 minutes of football from a debutant”. He finished the game with 22 touches and cemented himself as a formidable member of Melbourne’s midfield. He received an AFL Rising Star nomination as a result, and went on to finish the 2016 season with 13 games.

Oliver’s 2017 season was one of amazement and sheer-excitement for Demons fans. As a 20 year old he averaged 29.9 disposals a game and won the Melbourne Football Club Best and Fairest, also being recognised league wide with the AFL Coaches Association Best Young Player Award. In 2018 he continued his form, finishing Runner-Up in the Melbourne Best and Fairest, and gaining his first All-Australia selection.

It is easy to see why Oliver is recognised as one of the game’s most outstanding young talents, and will continue to add to his trophy cabinet as he strives for a Premiership with the Dees.

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