Josh Mellington

Josh Mellington (born 29 December 1992) is a former Australian rules footballer with the Fremantle Football Club, in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Josh Mellington
Personal information
Full name Josh Mellington
Date of birth (1992-12-29) 29 December 1992
Original team(s) Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft #56, 2010 National Draft, Fremantle
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Fremantle
Number 25
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011–2013 Fremantle 6 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Originally from Benalla, Mellington played junior football for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup. In 2010, Mellington led the Bushrangers' goalkicking, with 41 for the season, and finished fourth in the TAC Cup best and fairest.[1] He was "shocked" when drafted by Fremantle with their third selection, 56th overall, in the 2010 AFL Draft.[2]

A small forward, Mellington played his first games for Fremantle in a NAB Cup pre-season double header against Hawthorn and West Coast on 14 February 2011.[3]

He made his official AFL debut in Round 14 of the 2011 AFL season against Brisbane Lions at Patersons Stadium.[4] Mellington was delisted by Fremantle following the 2013 AFL season after only playing six games in his three year stint at the club.

In 2017 Mellington was convicted of dangerous driving and warned that he may face jail time if convicted again due to a string of previous convictions.[5]

He continued to court controversy in his post-playing career when he was discovered to be making sexist and disparaging remarks about AFLW players online, in 2019.[6]


  1. Mitchell, Chris (18 November 2010). "Mellington hopes Dogs bite at draft". The Border Mail. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  2. Mitchell, Chris (19 November 2010). "DRAFT: Shocked Mellington heads west". The Border Mail. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  3. Quartermaine, Braden (13 February 2011). "New faces as Fremantle rebuilds with eye on finals". Herald Sun. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
  4. Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich repels Brisbane Lions
  5. "Jail looming for footy star Josh Mellington if convicted again". Border Mail. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. Hamblin, Andrea (20 March 2019). "Footy players among sexist trolls attacking female athletes". The New Daily. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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