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Sam settled in defence

He's just been building all year and last weekend was reward for the effort that he's put in."

5:36pm  Sep 11, 2014

Wright in the groove

After winning its last four games of the home and away season, Sam Wright says North is full of confidence.

8:17am  Sep 5, 2014

Wright knuckles down

Despite a good fortnight on the field, Sam Wright knows the hard work has just begun.

11:37am  Jul 18, 2014

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Sam
Wright

Height
188 cm
DOB
15-07-1990
Weight
85 kg
Debut
2009
Games
2014
15
Career
84
Goals
2014
2
Career
54
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1026
Avg
68
SamWright

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior clubs: Katamatite
Recruited from: Murray Bushrangers
Draft: #27, 2008 National
Debut: Round 8, 2009 v Geelong
Brownlow votes: 3

2014 Player Sponsors

- Garry Sutton
- Muk Hair Care
- North Melbourne Past Players Golf Club

Background

Originally from Katamatite, Sam Wright was recruited from the Murray Bushrangers in the 2008 National Draft.

With great foot skills on both sides of his body, Wright has spent time both in both halves of the ground.

2013

Mid-season, from Brett Allison

“Sam could still be anywhere and everywhere depending on what the team needs in any given week. His versatility has been his strength, playing in all areas of the ground.

“For Sam it’s all about taking his opportunities in front of goal. He’s had some chances to kick goals and impact the scoreboard but hasn’t nailed those shots.

“He’s a natural forward, which is why we use him in that defensive role. We know that he’s disciplined enough to shut down the opposition’s creative playmaker, but he still has those natural tendencies to present and get used.”

End of season review

Floating between the half-back line and being a defensive forward depending on the team structure, he performed well at times.

However there were also periods of time where he struggled to get his hands on the ball and it eventually resulted in a stint at Werribee. On his return, Wright put together four consecutive good games.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Settled in defence, Wright used his strong pre-season to play a career high 21 games and poll his first votes in the Brownlow.

Adding to his quality disposal by foot, Wright showed a new willingness to set up teammates via handball. His 156 handballs for the season easily outnumbered his 96 from 2010.

Wright was also used in a semi-tagging role in select matches. Against Geelong he shadowed Steve Johnson, restricting the Cats’ star to just six disposals in the first three quarters before Johnson was moved into the midfield, away from him. Then against St Kilda, Wright neutralised Goddard who was frustrated to the point of being suspended for striking.

2011

It would have been expected that Wright would have built on his 2010 by taking another step in 2011, but unfortunately it was not the case as he spent the year dogged by injury.

After playing the first seven games, he suffered a shoulder injury and was out of action for five weeks.  On his return, Wright kicked three goals from just seven touches against Essendon but injured his shoulder once more. It was his last game for the season.

Wright's strong Utah trip in November set him up for an injury free 2012.

2010

Wright showed a glimpse of his talent in 2009 with four games, yet he really broke out in 2010, cementing his spot in the side. He played 20 games in a variety of roles, showcasing his versatility.
He appeared to have settled in a role in the forward half with his finish to the year. In Wright's last five games he kicked 14 goals while also collecting double figure disposals in all of those encounters.

Even with his increased possession numbers, Wright demonstrated an ability to influence a game with limited disposals. Against Melbourne in Round 6, Wright had just seven touches but kicked three goals.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 15
    • Kicks 11.9
    • Handballs 6.8
    • Disposals 18.7
    • Marks 4.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.2
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 68.4

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 St Kilda Rd 17
Handballs 11 Brisbane Lions Rd 9
Disposals 30 St Kilda Rd 17
Marks 10 St Kilda Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 5 Melbourne Rd 23
Goals 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 115 St Kilda Rd 17

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon L 60 - 99 3 4 7 0 0 1 2 0 1 2 20
2 Western Bulldogs W 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Port Adelaide W 97 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Sydney Swans W 48 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Collingwood L 93 - 58 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Fremantle W 61 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Gold Coast Suns L 77 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Brisbane Lions W 125 - 38 9 11 20 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 69
10 Geelong Cats L 111 - 91 5 5 10 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 23
11 West Coast Eagles W 44 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Richmond W 116 - 88 9 6 15 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 54
13 Adelaide Crows L 109 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Melbourne W 66 - 107 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Brisbane Lions L 70 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Hawthorn W 108 - 88 12 10 22 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 79
17 St Kilda W 92 - 33 21 9 30 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 115
18 Carlton L 109 - 86 16 5 21 6 0 1 0 4 0 0 93
19 Geelong Cats L 79 - 111 12 6 18 4 0 0 2 1 0 1 59
20 GWS Giants W 51 - 126 12 4 16 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 60
21 Western Bulldogs W 111 - 61 17 6 23 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 81
22 Adelaide Crows W 101 - 94 14 4 18 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 71
23 Melbourne W 123 - 93 9 5 14 5 0 2 2 5 0 0 68
FW1 Essendon W 93 - 81 14 9 23 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 88
SF Geelong Cats W 92 - 98 12 9 21 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 74
PF Sydney Swans L 136 - 65 13 9 22 7 0 0 2 0 0 0 72
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 9 178 102 280 74 0 7 10 18 2 5 1026

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 84
    • Kicks 8.5
    • Handballs 5.8
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 4.1
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 59.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Essendon Rd 20, 2012
Handballs 15 Geelong Cats Rd 3, 2012
Disposals 32 Essendon Rd 20, 2012
Marks 12 Essendon Rd 20, 2012
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11, 2013
Goals 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 9, 2012
AFL Fantasy 129 Essendon Rd 20, 2012

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 North Melbourne 178 102 280 74 0 7 10 18 2 5 1026
2013 North Melbourne 107 81 188 50 0 4 11 30 7 9 775
2012 North Melbourne 196 156 352 91 0 12 16 41 11 6 1373
2011 North Melbourne 52 41 93 28 0 6 5 17 9 6 441
2010 North Melbourne 151 96 247 90 0 15 16 42 23 11 1199
2009 North Melbourne 29 11 40 14 0 2 0 3 2 4 181

Legend

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