Max made his long awaited AFL debut in 2014 against Brisbane in round 15 after having an excellent season with North Ballarat in the VFL. He was let go by North Melbourne at the end of the season but was picked up by them again in the Rookie Draft.
Max was originally taken by North Melbourne with the 10th selection in the 2012 Rookie Draft after an excellent 2011 season with the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup. He spent the 2012 season playing with North Ballarat where he played 13 matches mainly across half back.
He took his game to a new level in 2013 playing 12 games in the VFL and averaging 16 possessions a game before a shoulder injury cut his season short.
Poised with the ball and an excellent user by hand and foot, Max will continue to improve his game with another pre-season under his belt and will be one to watch for North Melbourne in 2015.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played with Healesville Junior Football Club from Under 11’s to Under 16’s and then Under 15’s, Under 16’s and Under 18’s with the Eastern Ranges.
The highlight of my junior career was winning the Goal Kicking award and best and fairest for Healesville in the Under 16’s.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Gary Ablett Jr. I grew up as a Geelong supporter and I loved the way he played his footy.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was working at my old High School doing maintenance work and I was on the computer watching the stream of the rookie draft when I saw my name came up on the screen being picked by North Melbourne.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: The highlight so far has probably been the Introduction camp we went to in Tasmania where I got to know all of my teammates and do some team building exercises.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: Mountain Bike riding, golf, kayaking, hanging out with friends.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I think if I wasn’t playing footy I would probably want to be an outdoor education teacher.