With over 200 games, 2 Premierships, and 15 years in the AFL, Travis Varcoe is one of the most durable and consistent utilities in the game. Originally recruited as a forward, Varcoe has set many games alight with flashes of individual brilliance all over the field.
Recruited to Geelong from Central Districts in the SANFL, Varcoe was given the famous number 5 guernsey ahead of his first season in 2006. He did not debut until 2007 but once he did, he held his place in the side and missed only a handful of games in his first 5 years at the club, while regularly contributing to the Cats scoreboard. Varcoe played in 3 Grand Finals over that period, including Geelong’s two Premierships in 2009 and 2011, kicking 3 goals in the latter.
Injury restricted Varcoe to a single game in 2012, but he was back to his consistent best in 2013 and 2014. After 8 years and 138 games with Geelong, Varcoe was traded to Collingwood ahead of the 2015 season.
Early in 2015 Varcoe celebrated his 150th game, where he had played in an astonishing 123 wins. In 2018, when Varcoe celebrated his 200th game, he played in his fourth Grand Final, a narrow loss for Collingwood.
Nearing the twilight years of his career, Varcoe continues to play his role in a Collingwood side pressing again for a Grand Final berth, carrying an impressive career winning percentage of over 70% with him.
Outside of football, Varcoe enjoys spending time with his wife and children.