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Key Facts

Full name
Glenn Freeborn

Known as
Glenn Freeborn

6 February 1973 (age 50)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 83d
Last game: 30y 78d

Height and weight
Height: 183 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Woodville West Torrens; North Melbourne; Collingwood

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 17
Collingwood: 9

Recruited from
North Melbourne (1999)

Family links
Scott Freeborn (Brother)

Glenn Freeborn

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Woodville West TorrensSANFL1992-19943140.13
North MelbourneAFL1995-199855270.4969%5.644.361.420

AFL: 10,603rd player to appear, 1,484th most games played, 1,559th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 842nd player to appear, 254th most games played, 213th most goals kickedCollingwood: 995th player to appear, 232nd most games played, 191st most goals kicked

After playing 31 SANFL games in three seasons with Woodville West Torrens Glenn Freeborn was drafted by North Melbourne for whom he proved a decided acquisition. In the Kangas' 1996 grand final defeat of Sydney he produced a telling burst of 3 goals during the second quarter which put his side firmly on the road to victory. He also played in North's losing grand final team of 1998 against Adelaide. 

Lithe, alert and with a keen goal sense Freeborn was also highly adaptable and could play in a wide range of positions. In 1999, after 55 games and 27 goals for the 'Roos, he moved to Collingwood where he soon assumed a leadership role whilst playing some of the best football of his career. The 2002 season saw him playing in his third AFL grand final but despite putting in a superb performance across half back the Magpies lost to Brisbane. His form deteriorated in 2003 and, after playing just 3 senior games for the year, Glenn Freeborn was delisted but not before he had helped Williamstown (then affiliated with Collingwood) to that year's VFL premiership courtesy of a 29 point grand final defeat of Box Hill.

Author - John Devaney


Encyclopedia of AFL Footballers by Russell Holmesby & Jim Main; Wikipedia article;


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