Steven Motlop

Steven Motlop (born 12 March 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Geelong Football Club from 2010 to 2017.

Steven Motlop
Motlop playing for Port Adelaide in June 2018
Personal information
Date of birth (1991-03-12) 12 March 1991
Original team(s) Wanderers (NTFL)
Draft No. 39, 2008 national draft
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Position(s) Forward / midfielder
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 6
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20092017 Geelong 135 (175)
2018 Port Adelaide 035 0(18)
Total 170 (193)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2013 Australia 2 (2)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Motlop was selected by Geelong with the 39th pick in the 2008 AFL Draft. Had previously been playing with the Wanderers in the Northern Territory. He is the younger brother of North Melbourne premiership player Shannon Motlop and former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide forward Daniel Motlop, and the cousin of Port's Marlon Motlop.[1]

His performances at the 2008 National AFL Under 18 and Under 16 championships were hampered by a shoulder injury, which was operated on prior to the draft,[2] but he still managed to kick five goals in the division two final at the MCG.[3]

AFL career

Geelong Football Club (20102017)

Motlop dislocated his shoulder in his debut AFL match against Hawthorn during the second quarter in the 2010 Round 2 match.[4]

In Round 6 of the 2012 AFL season Motlop was awarded the round nomination for the 2012 AFL Rising Star, after gathering 28 possessions against Melbourne.[5]

After a strong 2013 season, Motlop was selected in the AFL Players' Association's inaugural 22under22 team. In 2014, Round 16, Motlop collected a career high 30 disposals to go along with 5 marks and 4 tackles.[6]

Port Adelaide Football Club (2018present)

During the 2017 trade period, Motlop joined Port Adelaide as a restricted free agent after Geelong elected not to match Port Adelaide's contract offer.[7] In Showdown 44, with 21 seconds left, Motlop kicked the match-winning goal which saw Port Adelaide won by 5 points against their rival and ending Adelaide's 5-game winning streak over the Power.


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season.[8]
 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)
Career 112 153 93 1352 649 2001 387 259 1.4 0.8 12.1 5.8 17.9 3.5 2.3


  1. Piesse, Ken (30 November 2008). "A young Steven Motlop excites Geelong". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  2. Ralph, Jon (24 November 2008). "Daniel Motlop shoulders burden". Herald Sun. Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  3. Quayle, Emma (28 September 2008). "Vic Metro wraps up under-16 title". Retrieved 10 December 2008.
  4. Vaughan, Roger (5 April 2010). "Geelong's Motlop dislocates shoulder". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 April 2010.
  5. Holmesby, Luke (8 May 2012). "Cream rising". AFL BigPond network. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  6. McInerney, Sam. "2013 22under22 Team Announced". AFL Players' Association. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
  7. "Motlop signs on". Bigpond. 14 October 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2017.
  8. "Steven Motlop statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 19 September 2012.
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