Brodie Grundy

Brodie Grundy (born 15 April 1994) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Early life and junior football

Grundy was born in Adelaide, South Australia and attended Cabra Dominican College, a private Catholic high school in the southern suburbs of the city, graduating in 2011. A former basketball player, Grundy switched to Australian rules football in 2010. Brodie has a younger brother, Riley, who was drafted to Port Adelaide with pick 73 in the 2018 draft.

AFL career

Following a successful season playing as a ruckman with South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club Sturt's junior teams, Grundy was recruited by Collingwood with draft pick #18 in the 2012 AFL Draft.

Grundy was the Round 22 nomination for the 2013 AFL Rising Star award.

In March 2014, Grundy signed a three-year contract extension lasting until the end of the 2017 AFL season.

In 2018 he won the Herald Sun Player of the Year award with 27 votes, one clear of Melbourne ruck Max Gawn and Hawthorn midfielder Tom Mitchell. Grundy also won the Copeland medal for Collingwood's best and fairest in 2018, drawing with Steele Sidebottom.

Playing style

Despite playing as ruckman, Grundy is able to follow up his ruckwork and win the ball himself and apply tackles. He has been labelled as a 'fourth midfielder' by his teammates. In the 2018 season, he averaged 20.2 disposals per match; 525 for the season (48th in the AFL), easily the highest amongst ruckmen.

2019 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 22
Total: 2349
Average: 106.77

2018 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 23
Total: 2411
Average: 104.83

2017 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 21
Total: 1950
Average: 92.86

2016 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 22
Total: 1900
Average: 86.36

2015 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 20
Total: 1543
Average: 77.15
Forward Pocket284.50
Full Forward152.00

2014 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 16
Total: 849
Average: 53.06
Forward Pocket350.00
Center Half Forward134.00

2013 - Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)

Games: 6
Total: 377
Average: 62.83
Center Half Forward172.00