Paul Wheatley (footballer)

Paul Wheatley (born 12 April 1981) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Paul Wheatley
Wheatley in 2007
Personal information
Full name Paul Wheatley
Date of birth (1981-04-12) 12 April 1981
Original team(s) Preston Knights
Draft 20th overall, 1999 AFL Draft
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2009 Melbourne 135 (34)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
Sources: AFL Tables,

A Preston Knights recruit, Wheatley made his debut for the Melbourne Football Club in 2000, after being selected at number 20 in the 1999 AFL Draft.

Wheatley is known for his prodigious kicking, with his ability to pinpoint 60 metre passes using the drop punt. He is also known to be able to kick long distance torpedo punts, which led to speculation that he might try out as an American football punter. Paul polled two votes in the 2007 Brownlow Medal, his first votes, and five votes in 2008, a career high. He has the record in the NAB Cup with the most goals scored outside of 50 m.

Wheatley announced his retirement from the game and played his last match against St Kilda with Matthew Whelan in round 22, 2009. Wheatley played 135 games and kicked 34 goals. Wheatley stated that he intends to nominate for the pre-season draft and failing being picked up by another club will seek a trial in the NFL.[1]


  1. Williams, Rebecca (31 August 2009). "Paul Wheatley out on high despite strain, gastro". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2011.

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