Stephen Doyle (footballer)

Stephen Doyle (born 13 July 1981) is a South Australian Australian rules football player with the Sydney Swans of the Australian Football League (AFL).

Stephen Doyle
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-07-13) 13 July 1981
Original team(s) South Adelaide (SANFL)
Debut Round 20, 22 July 2000, Sydney Swans
vs. Kangaroos, at SCG
Height 203 cm (6 ft 8 in)
Weight 105 kg (231 lb)
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2007 Sydney Swans 47 (19)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
  • 2006 AFL Premiership runner-up
Sources: AFL Tables,

Doyle was selected by the Swans under the father-son rule in the 1999 National Draft, as his father Robert had played 77 games for South Melbourne. The tall ruckman made his debut in 2000, but recurring ankle and knee injuries meant that he did not manage to play more than three games in a row in his first four seasons. He had a relatively injury-free season in 2004, but did not stand out greatly. A knee injury in the first round in 2005 ruled him out of the rest of the Swans' premiership-winning season.

In 2006, following the retirement of premier ruckman Jason Ball, Doyle arrived at the end of the season in working order. Partnering Darren Jolly in the Grand Final, Doyle was the Swans better ruckman in their narrow loss to the West Coast Eagles.

For the 2007 season, the Sydney Swans recruited experienced ruckman Peter Everitt from Hawthorn to partner Darren Jolly, leaving Doyle to play in the reserves.

Doyle retired on 31 October 2007, after playing 47 games.

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