Jeff Garlett

Jeffrey Garlett (born 3 August 1989) is an Australian rules footballer who currently plays for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).[1] He is of Indigenous descent.

Jeff Garlett
Garlett playing for Melbourne in June 2019
Personal information
Full name Jeffrey Garlett
Date of birth (1989-08-03) 3 August 1989
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team(s) Swan Districts (WAFL)
Draft No. 6, 2009 rookie draft
Debut Round 1, 2009, Carlton
vs. Richmond, at MCG
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 72 kg (159 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 36
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2009–2014 Carlton 107 (183)
2015–2019 Melbourne 078 (138)
Total 185 (321)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 23, 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,


Garlett played his early football for Burracoppin, before playing for Swan Districts in the West Australian Football League in 2007. Garlett was homeless for much of the time that he was playing for Swans, often sleeping in the back of cars going for days without eating. Once the club discovered this, he lived with Anne and Maurice Embley (parents of many Swan Districts players, including West Coast's Andrew Embley) and with Swans captain Shane Beros.[2] Altogether, Garlett played 21 league matches for Swans between 2007 and 2008.[3]

AFL career

Carlton (2009–2014)

left: Garlett playing for Carlton in September 2011.
right: Garlett at Melbourne training in July 2015.

Garlett was recruited to the AFL by the Carlton Football Club with the sixth pick in the 2009 Rookie Draft. He joined indigenous Swan Districts teammate Chris Yarran at Carlton, who was drafted in the 2008 AFL Draft at pick 6.

After playing in Carlton's 2009 NAB Cup series, he was elevated off the rookie list in place of injured ruckman Robert Warnock. He made his debut in Round 1, 2009 against Richmond at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, scoring a goal with his first kick.[4][5] Garlett played ten games for Carlton in 2009, scoring twelve goals. Late in the season, he, as well as teammates Cameron Cloke and Eddie Betts, was internally suspended by Carlton for one game after failing to attend a recovery session.[4]

Garlett was made a nominated rookie in 2010, and earned regular selection in the Carlton team. He scored a career-high six goals in Round 19 against Essendon and was subsequently rewarded for this by taking out the NAB Rising Star nomination for the round;[6] he ultimately polled five votes to finish sixth for the Rising Star Award.[7] He played twenty games for the year, and performed strongly in the club's best and fairest, finishing seventh.[8] Throughout the season, he formed part of a short-lived forward-line structure consisting of tall full-forward Setanta Ó hAilpín, and three small forwards (Garlett, Eddie Betts and Chris Yarran) who became known as "Setanta's Little Helpers".[9]

Garlett signed a two-year contract extension with the Blues, and moved onto the senior list proper in 2011. He played every game in 2011, and kicked 50 goals for the year.[10]

Melbourne (2015–2019)

On 9 October 2014, Garlett was traded to the Melbourne Football Club after an off-field incident involving him and teammate Mitch Robinson.[11] After a 78-game stint at Melbourne, which included a leading goalkicker award in 2017, Garlett was delisted at the conclusion of the 2019 season.[12]

Playing style

Garlett plays as a small crumbing forward, and his main attributes are his pace and tackling/defensive pressure, which is very effective in spite of his very light build.


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season [13]
 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)
2009 Carlton 381012972229434231.
2010 Carlton 382039211707524575732.
2011 Carlton 382448322167829484962.
2012 Carlton 382229271956926478721.
2013 Carlton 382243291897926866762.
2014 Carlton 38912758147221231.
2015 Melbourne 362240311755023762901.
2016 Melbourne 361729141245317734541.
2017 Melbourne 362142281716523656742.
2018 Melbourne 36111811765613226321.
2019 Melbourne 3679947216819221.
Career 185 321 218 1493 594 2087 543 635 1.7 1.2 8.1 3.2 11.3 2.9 3.4

Personal life

Garlett has many relatives who are also Australian rules footballers. He is cousins with Lance Franklin, Cruize Garlett and Des Headland, and is the nephew of Leon Davis. He has a son Nason (Born January 2012).[14]


  1. Jeff Garlett's playing statistics from AFL Tables
  2. Edmund, Sam (7 April 2011). "Jeff Garlett didn't look for trouble, it found him". Herald Sun. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. "Jefferey Garlett (Swan Districts)". WAFLOnline. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  4. Clarke, Tim (25 August 2009). "Tardy WA youngster suspended". WA Today. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  5. Petrie, Andrea (23 August 2009). "With huge boots to fill, rookie Garlett swoops on the spills". The Age. Australia. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
  6. Carlton's Jeff Garlett gets Rising Star nod, 10 Aug 2010, retrieved 10 Aug 2010
  7. Holmesby L., Hannebery's victory, 1 September 2010, Retrieved 1 September 2010
  8. Carlton Football Club, Judd in John Nicholls Medal threepeat Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 28 September 2010
  9. Milbank, Zac (12 May 2010). "Setanta's little helpers on march". The Advertiser. Retrieved 1 August 2011.
  10. AFL Tables, 2011 Stats - Player Lists - Carlton, Retrieved 19 Sep 2011.
  11. Blue turns blue and red: Garlett moves to Demons
  12. Garlett and Keilty depart
  13. "Jeff Garlett". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  14. "Mike & Dan with Jeff Garlett". 5 March 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2013.
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