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Key Facts

Full name
Brett James

Known as
Brett James

15 December 1972 (age 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 21y 101d
Last game: 27y 235d

Height and weight
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 77 kg

Senior clubs
Norwood; Collingwood; Adelaide

Jumper numbers
Collingwood: 8
Adelaide: 11

Recruited from
Norwood (1994); Collingwood (1997); Norwood (2000)

Family links
Roger James (Brother)

Brett James

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
NorwoodSANFL1990-1993, 1997-2006234730.31
SANFL1990-1993, 1997-2006234730.31

AFL: 10,460th player to appear, 1,916th most games played, 1,965th most goals kickedCollingwood: 944th player to appear, 384th most games played, 272nd most goals kickedAdelaide: 78th player to appear, 77th most games played, 86th most goals kicked

Brett James was a gutsy and effective performer with Norwood, Collingwood and Adelaide in a career encompassing well in excess of 300 senior games. That career began and ended with the Redlegs, whom he joined from Kersbrook, and for whom he made 234 appearances between 1990 and 1993 and from 1997 to 2006. He spent the 1994-5-6 seasons with Collingwood, playing 42 games, before returning home to South Australia where, for the next four seasons, he divided his time between the Crows, for whom he played 76 times, and Norwood.

In 1997 James enjoyed the rare distinction of playing in victorious Grand Final teams for both clubs, with the Redlegs' triumph over Port being achieved alongside his younger brother, Roger. Brett James also played in Adelaide's 1998 flag-winning side. After returning to the Parade full time in 2001 he became a key figure at the club, serving as captain between 2002 and 2006, and claiming best and fairest awards on three occasions.

Author - John Devaney


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