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Key Facts

Full name
Adam Cooney

Known as
Adam Cooney

30 September 1985 (age 38)

Place of birth
Adelaide, SA (5000)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 180d
Last game: 30y 326d

Height and weight
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
Werribee; Western Bulldogs; Essendon; Essendon Reserves

Jumper numbers
Western Bulldogs: 17
Essendon: 13, 17

Recruited from
West Adelaide (2004); Western Bulldogs (2015)

State of origin

Adam Cooney

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
Western BulldogsAFL2004-20142191860.8547%11.3310.453.9382
Essendon ReservesVFL2015111.00
VFL2004, 2015351.67

AFL: 11,319th player to appear, 278th most games played, 404th most goals kickedWestern Bulldogs: 906th player to appear, 19th most games played, 27th most goals kickedEssendon: 1,119th player to appear, 459th most games played, 363rd most goals kicked

Adam Cooney was widely regarded as the finest footballer under eighteen in the land and of his age when taken by the Western Bulldogs as the number one choice in the 2003 national draft. The former West Adelaide on-baller has since gone on to stamp himself as one of the nation's pre-eminent footballers of any age, a status enhanced in 2008 by his inclusion in the AFL All Australian team and shock victory in the Brownlow Medal. Cooney has struggled to recreate his Brownlow-winning form since, due mainly to a degenerative knee complaint that has limited his output. However, a change in treatment technique saw him recapture some better form in 2013 and 2014. At the end of the 2014 season, after 219 games with the Dogs, Cooney was traded to Essendon.

Author - John Devaney, with updates by Andrew Gigacz


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