Alex Silvagni

Alex Silvagni (born 29 September 1987) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Fremantle Football Club and the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Alex Silvagni
Personal information
Full name Alex Silvagni
Date of birth (1987-09-29) 29 September 1987
Original team(s) Casey Scorpions (VFL)
Draft No. 24, 2010 rookie draft
Height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20102016 Fremantle 53 (10)
20172018 Carlton 07 0(0)
Total 60 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Silvagni did not play in the TAC Cup as a junior, but instead played for his school, Haileybury College winning a premiership in his final year in 2005.[1] He joined the Casey Scorpions in the Victorian Football League in 2006, winning selection in the VFL's under 23 team. He had two successful seasons in 2008 and 2009, playing mainly at full back, but also pinch-hitting in the ruck or forwardline, finishing 5th in 2008 (2nd best non-AFL aligned player) and then third in 2009 in Casey's best and fairest award, being awarded the most consistent award in 2008[2] and winning selection in the 2009 VFL Team of the year.[3]

AFL career

Silvagni attended the Victorian state screening session prior to the 2006 AFL Draft, but was not selected by any teams. In 2009, Silvagni moved to Western Australia to train with the Fremantle Football Club, who selected him with their second selection in the 2010 Rookie Draft, the 24th overall. He was one of eight players from the VFL selected in the rookie draft, including Michael Barlow, who was also drafted to Fremantle from the Werribee Football Club.[4]

After playing well in Fremantle's three NAB Cup pre-season games,[5] Silvagni was promoted to Fremantle's senior list and was selected to make his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2010 AFL season.[6]

Silvagni made his debut for Fremantle in the opening round of the 2010 AFL season and performed well, taking 7 marks and gathering 14 possessions, including an impressive 55-metre goal as Fremantle recorded a 56-point victory over the Adelaide Football Club.[7] The celebrations, however, were tempered when Silvagni's former captain at the Casey Scorpions, Kyle Matthews, was knocked unconscious when he was involved in a fight after watching the game at a hotel in Hawthorn.[8]

His drafting as a "mature-aged rookie" and subsequent composed performances in his first few games are seen as an indication of a change to the recruiting philosophy to not only draft the best 18-year-old players, but also to consider older players.[4][9][10]

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, he was delisted by Fremantle.[11]

He was subsequently drafted by Carlton in the 2017 rookie draft.[12] Silvagni made his senior debut for the Carlton Football Club in Round 6, against the Sydney Swans, and played the majority of the game on Coleman Medallist Lance Franklin and kept him to one goal. He played seven games before injury forced him out for the rest of the season. Despite having played only seven games for the club and still being on the rookie list, Silvagni was elevated to the club's leadership group in 2018.[13]

Silvagni is the second cousin of Carlton legend and AFL full-back of the century, Stephen Silvagni. Alex's father Eric and Stephen's father Sergio are first cousins.[14] His mother is Anglo-Indian.[15][16]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[17]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2010 Fremantle 3615401204616666520.
2011 Fremantle 36910744511946260.
2012 Fremantle 3650037165324150.
2013 Fremantle 36105356328843260.
2014 Fremantle 3670051197029190.
2015 Fremantle 36200148221130.
2016 Fremantle 365004427712960.
Career 53 10 3 396 193 589 248 147 0.2 0.1 7.5 3.6 11.1 4.7 2.8


  1. McGowan, Marc (2 May 2008). "Silvagni rediscovers his passion". Berwick News. Archived from the original on 6 August 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  2. McGowan, Marc (9 October 2008) Wall claims Scorpions' top award Archived 13 September 2012 at
  3. Pickering, Paul (8 October 2009). "Solid Wall is top Scorpion". Berwick News. Archived from the original on 11 October 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  4. Diamond, Brent (27 December 2009). "Docker signings could help set a trend". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  5. Washbourne, Alex (22 February 2010). "Michael Barlow leads Fremantle's rookie charge". PerthNow. Archived from the original on 24 February 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  6. Clarke, Tim (25 March 2010). "Silvagni name back in the AFL". WA Today. Retrieved 26 March 2010.
  7. Young Dockers get it done
  8. Silvagni debut almost ends in tragedy
  9. Breen, Daniel (2 April 2010) AFL's mature age recruits are hot property; Geelong Advertiser
  10. Walsh, Courtney (30 March 2010). "Rise of the second generation". The Australian. Archived from the original on 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  11. Malcolm, Alex (26 October 2016). "Another Docker down as Freo cuts veteran defender". BigPond. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  12. Browne, Ashley (28 November 2016). "Giants reunite ex-Dockers Mzungu and de Boer". Bigpond. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  13. "Murphy steers new-look leadership group". Carlton Football Club. 31 January 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  14. Carlton news
  15. The Footy Almanac - Asia-Pacific Team of the Century
  16. Kastanis, Costa (18 July 2014). "A multicultural Freo".
  17. Alex Silvagni's player profile at AFL Tables
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