Michael Osborne (footballer)

Michael Osborne (born 29 July 1982) is a retired Australian rules footballer who served as a development coach with the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League(AFL).[1] in 2014 and 2015 before opening The Australian Rules Football College (ARFC) with premiership teammate Brad Sewell.

Michael Osborne
Personal information
Full name Michael Osborne
Date of birth (1982-07-29) 29 July 1982
Original team(s) Labrador (QAFL)
Draft No. 11, 2001 Rookie Draft, Hawthorn
No. 23, 2003 Rookie Draft, Hawthorn, No. 70 2012 AFL Draft Hawthorn
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 80 kg (176 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2013 Hawthorn 168 (110)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2008 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Career highlights

Victorian Football League:

Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

In 2016, he was assistant coach at Balwyn in the EFL where the club won their 4th premiership in 5 years under the tenure of Daniel Donati.


Recruited from Labrador, Queensland, Osborne debuted for Hawthorn Football Club in 2001 after being elevated from the rookie list. While only playing three games in his first two seasons, since 2003 Osborne was a regular selection when not injured. A versatile player Osborne could play as a small defender, midfielder or forward. In 2005, he was awarded the club's 'defensive pursuits player of the year'. In 2008 Osborne played in 20 of the 22 home-and-away games, and was part of Hawthorn's premiership team and finished 5th in the Peter Crimmins Medal.

Osborne suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Round 7 of the 2012 season. He was delisted at the end of the 2012 season, but was redrafted with pick 70 in 2012 draft. Hawthorn recruitment manager Graeme Wright said: "It's great to have 'Ossie' back on the list officially. He was very gracious in helping us from a list management point of view. We were able to get Jonathan Simpkin onto the list as a delisted free agent by delisting 'Ossie'."[2]

He played 5 senior games in 2013, spending most of the season with Hawthorn's affiliate VFL side Box Hill. He is the only player to play in two top division Box Hill premiership sides (2001 and 2013).

Osborne announced his retirement at Hawthorn's 2013 Best and Fairest count.[3]

Immediately after his playing days were over, he joined Carlton as a development coach on 27 November 2013.[4]

In March 2016, Osborne, along with ex-teammate Brad Sewell, launched the Australian Rules Football College.[5] Based in North Melbourne, and based on a US college model, the Australian Rules Football College focuses on developing the football skills of their students, whilst also placing an emphasis on education, through offering certificates in health, personal training, massage, leadership, management and diplomas in business.[6]


 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)
2001 Hawthorn 40210336220.
2002 Hawthorn 40110437301.
2003 Hawthorn 4019331696423362400.
2004 Hawthorn 4017101065416050280.
2005 Hawthorn 719831669125776490.
2006 Hawthorn 74343128591080.
2007 Hawthorn 714871036416760190.
2008 Hawthorn 7232710235179414134461.20.410.27.818.05.82.0
2009 Hawthorn 71714914611626273460.
2010 Hawthorn 720171015610325979550.
2011 Hawthorn 720211017210928180571.
2012 Hawthorn 773645438820140.
2013 Hawthorn 753029204915130.
Career 168 110 62 1365 877 2242 664 377 0.7 0.4 8.1 5.2 13.3 4.0 2.2


  1. "2015 Coaching Panel". carltonfc.com.au. Carlton Football Club. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. Macgugan, Mark (23 November 2012). "Osborne back in the nest". hawthornfc.com.au. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  3. http://www.carltonfc.com.au/news/2013-11-27/blues-appoint-new-development-coach
  4. King, Travis. "Ex-Hawks Sewell, Osborne launch new footy college". Australian Football League. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  5. Green, Warwick. "FORMER HAWKS ARE ALL ABOUT CLASS". AFL Players Association. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. Michael Osborne's player profile at AFL Tables
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