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Andrew Collins – Carlton #16

2013 will be Andrew’s third season with Carlton after crossing from Richmond in 2010 where he spent the first four years of his career. With an extended injury free run he looks set to have a big year with Carlton in 2013.

Andrew was selected by Richmond in the 2006 National Draft at pick 73. He made his debut in Round 4 of 2009 and played 25 games for Richmond in 2009 and 2010 before being traded to Carlton after the 2010 season.

In 2011 Andrew only managed 2 games because of injuries. After fighting his way into the Carlton side in round 9 of 2012 Andrew played a total of 9 games and showed some very promising signs. In Carlton’s round 17 win against the Western Bulldogs Andrew kicked 3 goals and was awarded 2 Brownlow votes for his performance.

Andrew is a genuine utility who has shown the ability to be dangerous around goal and also play as a hard running wingman.

Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?

A: I played for Sandhurst Football Club in the early days and then played for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup. The highlight was when I was playing for Sandhurst with Chicken Pox and I played on Jarryn Geary, who was one of my best mates, and still managed to get best on ground to knock him off in the league Best and Fairest.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: Shane Crawford and Ben Cousins. The way they both went about their training was something I looked up to. I was lucky enough to play with Ben which was great.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: I was sitting at home listening to it on the radio. I had to play it through the radio in my ute because the other radios in the house didn’t have good enough coverage and we couldn’t hear it properly.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: The highlight so far was playing in my first win. It was my second game and we beat the Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: I play some golf and I enjoy getting back on the farm.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: I’d probably be a farmer.