Max was recruited from the Sandringham Dragons with pick 34 in the 2009 National Draft. Max suffered a knee injury which required a reconstruction and therefore missed much of the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Max has developed his body and craft over the past few years and is now playing the type of footy everyone knew he was capable of. A breakout 2015 year when he established himself as the Dee’s number one ruck was rewarded with a new 3-year contract.
The 208cm big man is entering the prime of his career.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played my entire junior career with Ormond Football Club. The highlight there was winning 2 best and fairests. I also played with Sandringham Dragons in the TAC cup in Under 18’s and I was chosen for Vic Metro in the National Championships but I did my knee so I couldn’t play.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Matthew Richardson. I was a Richmond supporter and I loved the way he seemed to care so much about the team and the way he played his footy.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was just with close friends and family watching it on TV.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Making my debut against Essendon. It was a Friday night game and we had a win so it was a great experience playing the game and then singing the song.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: I’m a big volleyball fan so I like to play and watch that. I’m also into soccer and I follow Sunderland in the English Premier League. I enjoy watching any sport.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I’d be playing volleyball or studying to be a PE Teacher.