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5 July 1975 (age 47)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 5d
Last game: 25y 4d
Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 94 kg
Adelaide; Geelong; Brisbane
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
AFL: 10,536th player to appear, 2,786th most games played, 2,018th most goals kickedAdelaide: 62nd player to appear, 147th most games played, 155th most goals kickedGeelong: 935th player to appear, 315th most games played, 195th most goals kickedBrisbane: 164th player to appear, 262nd most games played, 200th most goals kicked
An adept wingman and, later, crumbing forward Martin McKinnon came from a noteworthy football lineage in that his uncle is former Norwood champion Phil Gallagher. Long kicking, fast and deceptively strong, McKinnon joined Adelaide from Central District via the 1992 AFL Draft, and made his senior AFL debut in 1994.
In 25 games with Adelaide in 1994-5 gave occasional glimpses of the true scope of his ability but it was only after moving to Geelong that he really came into his own. Whereas the Crows had used him mainly as a wingman Cats coach Gary Ayres saw his potential as a forward and McKinnon revelled in the new role. From 1996 to 1998 he made 54 senior appearances and registered 38 goals for Geelong before somewhat surprisingly being traded to Brisbane.
McKinnon spent two seasons with the Lions but only played seven senior games. In 2001 he returned to his original club Central District where he rounded off his career in style by helping the club to that season’s premiership.
Author - John Devaney