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Brent Staker
Photo: aflphotos.com
DOB
23/5/1984
Height
196 cm
Weight
100 kg
Junior club
NSW-ACT Rams/West Broken Hill JFC
Arrived
Pick 37 in the 2002 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 17 2003 vs Hawthorn
(50th Eagles player)
Games
110
Goals
84
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
Last app.
Round 22 2009 vs Richmond
Departed
Traded to Brisbane at the end of the 2009 season for Bradd Dalziell
Other clubs
NSW/ACT Rams (U18) 2002
East Fremantle (WAFL) 2003-2009
Brisbane (AFL) 2010-2015
Western Magpies (QAFL) 2016

Tall, athletic utility Brent Staker played 110 games in seven seasons before shifting to Brisbane.

West Coast career[]

Allocated to East Fremantle on his move to WA, Staker was given an AFL debut after kicking back to back hauls of 4 and 6 goals with the Sharks. He kicked two goals against Hawthorn on debut and held his spot for the remainder of the year, including the elimination final loss to Adelaide.

Staker was a regular in the side in just his second season, although he was dropped back to the WAFL for a short period mid-year. He was used at either end of the ground, picking up a Rising Star nomination after kicking three goals against the Demons.

In 2005, Staker overcame a bout of poor form early in the season to play 22 games including the finals series. He had a poor grand final however, commiting a handful of clangers late in the game that hindered the Eagles' efforts to get their noses in front.

Staker played every home and away game in 2006, but lost his spot after the qualifying final loss to Sydney. Unable to win it back, he was an emergency for the grand final but missed out on the chance to redeem himself for his disappointing showing the previous year.

He played the majority of the 2007 season, again used at either end of the ground as well as on a wing. He equaled his career high with 4 goals against the Bulldogs and was among the Eagles' best in the extra-time loss to Collingwood in the semi-final.

In 2008 Staker was at the centre of one of the most infamous incidents in the modern AFL era, being knocked out after copping a roundhouse blow to the jaw from fiery Swans forward Barry Hall. Hall was suspended for seven weeks and Staker missed a week with concussion.

Often incurring the ire of fans thanks to his laconic on-field demeanour, Staker began to fall out of favour with the match committee in 2008. Although he played 14 senior games, he spent time at East Fremantle for the first time in several years. That pattern continued in 2009 as Staker added just six games, with hand injuries also contributing to his absence from the seniors. At the end of 2009 season Staker sought and was granted a trade to Brisbane, part of a three-team trade in which the Lions' Bradd Dalziell headed in the opposite direction and premiership ruckman Mark Seaby moved to Sydney.

Brisbane career[]

Staker played every game for the Lions in 2010 before rupturing his ACL in the 2011 season-opener. After undergoing the LARS procedure, he returned later in the season but reinjured the same knee against his old side in the penultimate round. Staker opted for a traditional reconstruction the second time around, missing the whole of 2012 and returning part-way through 2013. He then missed the entire 2014 season with a complicated calf tendon injury,[1] returning for six games in 2015 before announcing his retirement after 50 games for the Lions.

Post-AFL career[]

Staker remained in Brisbane, signing to play with local side Western Magpies for 2016.[2] He then took on an assistant coaching role with the Lions' AFL Womens' side,[3] while also providing special comments on radio.

Stats[]

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D
2003 7 3 3 29 15 23 52 13 5 EF 12 17
2004 17 6 11 92 70 61 153 25 9 5 5
2005 22 13 7 174 97 86 260 22 11 3 4
2006 23 24 15 169 113 103 272 41 5 0
2007 21 20 17 179 100 107 286 36 20 0
2008 14 13 8 124 58 78 202 39 13 4 9 8 62 28 21 83
2009 6 5 2 41 16 26 67 18 9 6 9 6 66 24 31 97
Tot 110 84 63 808 469 484 1292 194 72
Avg 0.8 7.3 4.3 4.4 11.7 1.8 0.7

References[]

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/B/Brent_Staker.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brent_Staker

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/938

  1. Michael Whiting, afl.com.au (28 May 2017), "Mystery injury frustrates Staker but Lions still positive": http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-05-28/mystery-injury-frustrates-lion
  2. Andrew Wiles, AFL Queensland (11 December 2015), "Magpies swoop on Staker for 2016": http://www.aflq.com.au/magpies-swoop-on-staker-for-2016/
  3. Neroli Meadows, Daily Telegraph (31 March 2017), "AFLW has been feelgood and gives girls a chance to follow their dreams": https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/swoop/neroli-meadows-writes-that-aflw-has-been-feelgood-and-gives-girls-a-chance-to-follow-their-dreams/news-story/6c782bb80630b2d45185891b113a3931
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