Martin Gleeson (Australian footballer)

Martin Gleeson (born 25 August 1994) is a professional Australian rules footballer, currently playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). His position on the field is half back.[1] He is the nephew of former Carlton player Adrian Gleeson.[2]

Martin Gleeson
Gleeson playing for Essendon in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Martin Gleeson
Date of birth (1994-08-25) 25 August 1994
Original team(s) North Ballarat Rebels (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 53, 2012 national draft
Height 191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder
Club information
Current club Essendon
Number 8
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2014– Essendon 78 (5)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Gleeson played for the North Ballarat Rebels in the TAC Cup. He was drafted by Essendon with pick 53 in the 2012 national draft and played 13 games in the VFL before injuring his shoulder.[2] He made his AFL debut against North Melbourne in round 1 of the 2014 AFL season.[3] Like his uncle Adrian, he played for Koroit as a junior.

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of 2019[4]
Legend
 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)
2014 Essendon35924714211337150.20.47.94.712.64.11.7
2015 Essendon35222315215430684450.10.16.97.013.93.82.1
2016 Essendon82001181172353106350.00.19.18.617.75.31.8
2017 Essendon81810196100296106320.10.010.95.616.45.91.8
2018 Essendon8000000000.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
2019 Essendon8901925714940100.00.110.26.316.64.41.1
Career 78 5 9 692 525 1217 373 137 0.1 0.1 8.9 6.7 15.6 4.8 1.8

Playing style

[5] Gleeson is a wiry defender, who consistently displays courage and is able to use the ball efficiently. In 2016, he averaged more than five intercept possessions per game to finish third in that category at the club, behind Matt Dea and James Kelly. A great reader of the play, Gleeson often floats behind the pack to take an uncontested mark.

References

  1. "Martin Gleeson - essendonfc.com.au". essendonfc.com.au. Retrieved 4 August 2015.
  2. Brady, Anthony (17 March 2014), "Bright future for Koroit's shining star", The Moyne Gazette
  3. "Roos in for pain", Herald Sun, 23 March 2014
  4. "Martin Gleeson". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  5. "Martin Gleeson - essendonfc.com.au". essendonfc.com.au. Retrieved 21 October 2017.


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