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Key Facts

Full name
Max Kruse

Known as
Max Kruse

29 October 1958 (age 64)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 20y 244d
Last game: 26y 243d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 91 kg

Senior clubs
Sydney; Glenelg

Jumper numbers
Sydney: 34, 3

Recruited from
Sydney (1986)

Max Kruse

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AFL: 9,097th player to appear, 2,763rd most games played, 2,851st most goals kickedSydney: 1,071st player to appear, 173rd most games played, 235th most goals kicked

Max Kruse was a solidly built, extremely determined footballer well suited to any key position. Originally from Leeton, he was recruited by South Melbourne and improved over time until a thigh injury derailed him in 1985. Between 1979 and 1985 he played 88 VFL games and kicked 32 goal for the Swans. An employment change necessitated a move to Adelaide and, having now recovered from his thigh problems, he threw in his lot with SANFL club Glenelg for whom he would play 73 games and register 25 goals in four seasons. The highlight of his time with the Bays was participation in their 1986 grand final defeat of North Adelaide when, playing at centre half back, he was one his team's best players.

Max Kruse's father, also called Max Kruse, was a prominent footballer with Prahran in the 1950s who represented the Association at the 1953 Adelaide carnival.

Author - John Devaney


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


* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.