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Key Facts

Full name
Scott Burns

Known as
Scott Burns

23 December 1974

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 100d
Last game: 33y 243d

Height and weight
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 85 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood, Collingwood

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 17

Recruited from
Norwood (1995)

Scott Burns

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

AFL: 10,557th player to appear, 151st most games played, 579th most goals kickedCollingwood: 955th player to appear, 5th most games played, 45th most goals kicked


Scott Burns played 265 games for Collingwood between 1995 and 2008.

Originally from Norwood Football Club in the South Australian National Football League, Burns was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club with the 90th selection in the 1992 National Draft. He made his d├ębut in 1995, two years after being drafted, after moving from South Australia. He played every game except one for the season. In 1996 when he came second in Collingwood's best and fairest award and also represented South Australia in State of Origin. In 1997 he suffered a groin injury which forced him to only manage fourteen games, and then early on in 1998 he missed most of the first half of the season due to a broken arm.

He was appointed vice captain in 1999. In 2001 he was once again forced out with re-occurring hamstring injuries, and was limited to eight games. 2002 saw the Pies make the Grand Final and Burns played a magnificent season, shown by coming runner-up in the best and fairest once again. As a veteran of the club, he was only experiencing his first final when he played against Port Adelaide. He had 505 disposals for the season and was a dominant midfielder and forward, kicking twenty eight goals in the season. In 2003 he came third in the best and fairest. Injuries once again got hold of Burns in 2004 but he still managed to play nineteen games. He played every game in the 2005 season.

In March 2008, Scott Burns was appointed Collingwood captain for the 2008 season, replacing Nathan Buckley.

On 22 September 2008 Burns announced his retirement from AFL due to injury problems.

He was appointed to be an assistant coach of the West Coast Eagles on the 4 October 2008.



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