Sam had a career best season for the GWS Giants in 2014 averaging 12 disposals and 4 marks across 16 games playing against some of the leagues best key forwards. At the end of the 2014 season Sam made the tough decision to request a trade back to Melbourne and the Melbourne Football Club jumped at the opportunity and were willing to trade pick 23 in the draft to get Sam to the Dees.
Sam was originally picked up by the GWS Giants with the first pick of the 2012 Rookie Draft after being surprisingly overlooked in the National Draft.
Sam is a versatile key position player who spent time during his junior career in the ruck and the forward line but mainly played as a key defender.
Sam his set himself for a big 2015 campaign and with his ability to run and create as well as shut down his opponent he will be an important player for Melbourne as they look to push up the ladder in the years to come.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played for Ormond Junior Football Club, Wesley College, Sandringham Dragons Under 18’s in the TAC Cup and Vic Metro in the 2011 National Carnival.
The highlight of my junior days was winning the 2011 TAC Cup Premiership with Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: Matthew Richardson. I was a big tigers fan and he was my favourite player. I liked how much he cared about how the team went and he wore his heart on his sleeve.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: My brother had an operation on his nose that day so I was sitting in the hospital with him and my family. So I was watching it on a computer in the hospital. I was the number 1 pick in the rookie draft so I didn’t have to wait too long which was good.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Playing in the game against Port Adelaide in round 19 of 2012 where we got the club’s second win and my first win playing with the club.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: Basketball, volleyball, computer games, and hanging out with mates.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: If I didn’t play footy I would have tried to go to College in America on a basketball scholarship and would have played basketball at the highest level I could.