Joe McLaren

Joe McLaren (born 11 December 1977) is a former Australian rules footballer who played with St Kilda and the Kangaroos in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Joe McLaren
Personal information
Full name Joe McLaren
Date of birth (1977-12-11) 11 December 1977
Original team(s) Geelong Falcons
Draft 22nd, 1995 AFL Draft
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2000 St Kilda 57 (33)
2001 Kangaroos 12 (6)
Total 69 (39)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2001.
Sources: AFL Tables,

McLaren, a wingman, was recruited from the Geelong Falcons but came from Koroit originally. The 22nd pick of the 1995 AFL Draft, he was a member of St Kilda's 1996 Ansett Cup winning side and played 11 games in the 1996 league season. St Kilda went on to make the AFL grand final in 1997 but McLaren only took part in the first two rounds of the season.[1] He played finals football in 1998 and then had his best season in 1999 when he didn't miss a single game.[1] Rewarded with a seventh placing in the Trevor Barker Medal count, McLaren had taken 114 marks, kicked 21 goals and had 365 disposals over the course of the year.[1][2]

After a disappointing season in 2000, McLaren was traded to the Kangaroos, in a straight swap with Matthew Capuano. He kicked two goals on debut for his new club against Richmond, but would make only 11 more appearances.[1]

In 2003 and 2004, McLaren played for South Fremantle in the West Australian Football League.[3]

He returned to Koroit and won the 2005 Maskell Medal, given to the best and fairest player each Hampden Football League season. Having participated in their 2007 premiership team, McLaren was made coach in 2008 and steered Koroit to another premiership the following year.


  1. AFL Tables: Joe McLaren
  2. Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.
  3. "Joe McLaren (South Fremantle)". WAFL Online.
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