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Key Facts

Full name
Michael McLean

Known as
Michael McLean

Born
3 March 1965 (age 57)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 102d
Last game: 32y 27d

Height and weight
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 84 kg

Senior clubs
Footscray; Brisbane

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 51
Brisbane: 19

Recruited from
Footscray (1991)

Michael McLean

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
FootscrayV/AFL1983-198995230.2449%10.335.401.8916
BrisbaneAFL1991-199788170.1932%11.607.362.1626
V/AFL1983-1989, 1991-1997183400.2241%10.946.342.0242
Total1983-1989, 1991-1997183400.2241%10.946.342.0242

AFL: 9,443rd player to appear, 801st most games played, 2,401st most goals kickedFootscray: 741st player to appear, 140th most games played, 237th most goals kickedBrisbane: 77th player to appear, 67th most games played, 123rd most goals kicked

Known as 'Magic', Michael McLean's style of football amply justified the nickname. Joining Footscray in 1983, he made a big impression, particularly early on, before being seriously hampered by an ankle injury. A member of the Territory's triumphant 1988 Division Two carnival team, McLean was one of three 'top enders' selected as All Australians.

After being de-listed by Footscray at the end of the 1989 season, McLean's career was resurrected two years later when he was drafted by Brisbane. He won the Bears' club champion award in his debut season with the club, and again in 1993, and went on to play a total of 183 V/AFL games (95 with Footscray, 88 with Brisbane).

Blessed with matchless ball handling skills, McLean also excelled in many of the unglamorous facets of the game, and was highly prized by the coaching staff at Brisbane for his on-field leadership qualities.

Author - John Devaney

Sources

Full Points Footy Publications

Footnotes

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