Jordan Staley – St Kilda #40

Jordan spent the 2012 season mainly focussing on building up his strength and endurance and playing some promising football with Sandringham in the VFL.

Overlooked in the National Draft Jordan was taken by St Kilda with pick 50 in the Rookie Draft. Jordan had an excellent 2011 season with the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup playing both in the Ruck and as a key forward he averaged 13 hit outs per game and finished the year with 24 goals. His strengths are his marking ability and his kicking for goal. Jordan also had the opportunity to represent Vic Country in the Under 18 National Championships for 3 matches.

With his strong marking ability and booming kick Jordan is seen as an exciting long term project at the Saints.

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

A: I played with the Foster Football Club from the age of 12 and because I was big I went straight into the Under 15’s and then I played with Gippsland Power in the Under 15’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s.
The highlight of my junior career would have to be playing in the 2010 TAC Cup Grand Final with Gippsland Power at Etihad Stadium.

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

A: Jonathon Brown. The way that he attacked the footy and his courage and leadership was something I aspired to. You know he’s tough when a car runs into him and the car comes off second best.

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

A: I was at my grandparents’ house with my family. The internet was down at our place so we had to go there so I could watch the live streaming of the rookie draft.

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

A: The first time I stepped into the club and meeting all the players was a big highlight. Also playing my first VFL game was great too.

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

A: Music, I like Thirsty Merc and Aussie Hip Hop. I also like catching up with mates and going down to the beach and doing some surfing over summer.

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

A: I think I’d be at University doing a teaching degree. I’d probably want to be a Secondary School PE teacher if I wasn’t playing footy.