Scott Burns (footballer)

Scott Burns (born 23 December 1974) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for and captained the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Burns currently serves as an assistant coach of the Hawthorn Football Club.[1]

Scott Burns
Personal information
Full name Scott Burns
Date of birth (1974-12-23) 23 December 1974
Place of birth South Australia
Original team(s) Norwood (SANFL)
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19921994 Norwood (SANFL) 63 (12)
19952008 Collingwood 265 (149)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
Career highlights
  • Harry Collier Trophy 1995
  • Wrecker Award 1996
  • Collingwood captain 2008
Sources: AFL Tables,

Playing career

Originally from Norwood Football Club in the South Australian National Football League, Burns was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club with the 90th selection in the 1992 National Draft. He made his début in 1995, two years after being drafted, after moving from South Australia and played every game except one for the season. In 1996 he was second in Collingwood's best and fairest award and also represented South Australia in State of Origin. In 1997 a groin injury restricted him to fourteen games and in 1998 he missed most of the first half of the season due to a broken arm.

He was appointed vice captain in 1999. In 2001 he was again forced out with recurrent hamstring injuries and was limited to eight games. Collingwood made the Grand Final in 2002 and Burns played a magnificent season, coming runner-up in the best and fairest once again. As a veteran of the club, he was only experiencing his first final when he played against Port Adelaide. He had 505 disposals for the season and was a dominant midfielder and forward, kicking twenty eight goals in the season. In 2003 he came third in the best and fairest. Injuries once again got hold of Burns in 2004 but he still managed to play nineteen games. He played every game in the 2005 season.

In March 2008, Scott Burns was appointed Collingwood captain for the 2008 season, replacing Nathan Buckley.

On 22 September 2008 Burns announced his retirement from AFL due to injury problems. He played a total of 265 games kicking 149 goals in his 14-year career.[2]

Coaching career

He was an assistant coach of the West Coast Eagles from 2008 to 2013. On 8 October 2013, after missing out on the West Coast Eagles head coach job to Adam Simpson he accepted an offer to return to Collingwood as an assistant coach under head coach Nathan Buckley. After four years as Collingwood's midfield coach, Burns accepted an assistant coach position at Hawthorn.[3]


 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)
1995 Collingwood 17212214913027959420.
1996 Collingwood 172287243147390107490.40.311.06.717.74.92.2
1997 Collingwood 1714611538423770270.
1998 Collingwood 17149418512230763320.60.313.28.721.94.52.3
1999 Collingwood 171510519912832783290.70.313.38.521.85.51.9
2000 Collingwood 1720107220135355123330.50.411.06.817.86.21.7
2001 Collingwood 17841537412731110.
2002 Collingwood 1725135250211461115950.
2003 Collingwood 17232819266239505126821.20.811.610.422.05.53.6
2004 Collingwood 1719171016314530883410.
2005 Collingwood 1722149200192392110450.
2006 Collingwood 1720115213216429123470.60.310.710.821.56.22.4
2007 Collingwood 172512112432294721091020.
2008 Collingwood 17175417916434381710.
Career 265 149 90 2716 2216 4932 1283 706 0.6 0.3 10.2 8.4 18.6 4.8 2.7


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