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Key Facts

Full name
Jared Crouch

Known as
Jared Crouch

5 March 1978 (age 45)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 64d
Last game: 31y 177d

Height and weight
Height: 173 cm
Weight: 80 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; Australia

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 28

Recruited from
Norwood (1998)

Family links
Dustin Fletcher (Second cousin)

Jared Crouch

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AFL: 10,883rd player to appear, 439th most games played, 1,991st most goals kickedSydney: 1,287th player to appear, 24th most games played, 148th most goals kicked

Jared Crouch played 223 games for the Sydney Swans between 1998 and 2009.

Having played for Norwood in the SANFL, he was selected by Sydney in the first round of the 1995 National Draft. He did not make his senior debut until 1998, when he was called up to play against Collingwood in Round 7, having been originally selected as an emergency for that match. He played in every game for the rest of the season, earning a Rising Star Award nomination, and did not miss a game in the subsequent seven years.

Crouch's first serious injury occurred in the first match of the 2004 International Rules series (played after the AFL season had ended), when he broke a shoulder and it looked like his unbroken run in the AFL would come to an end. However, Crouch was fit to play in the first game of the 2005 AFL season, and played every game in Sydney's premiership-winning season. His run finally ended when he was unavailable for Round 13 of the 2006 season. His 194 consecutive games from debut is an AFL record, and also places him fourth on the AFL list for consecutive games generally. He was overtaken by team-mate Brett Kirk in 2010.

Crouch usually played in the back pocket, where he kept many well-known opponents quiet. His consistency and professionalism saw him in the top 10 of the Swans' best and fairest count six years in a row, but his only recognition from outside the club was selection in the International Rules team that played Ireland in 2003 and 2004.

Crouch announced his retirement from football at the end of the 2009 season.



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