Michael Johnson (Australian rules footballer)


Michael Johnson (Australian rules footballer)
Michael Johnson
Personal information
Full name Michael Johnson
Date of birth 20 October 1984 (1984-10-20) (age 27)
Original team Perth (WAFL)
Draft #8, 2004 Pre-Season Draft, Fremantle
Height/Weight 194cm / 92kg
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current club Fremantle
Number 37
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Fremantle 125 (51)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2005 Indigenous All-Stars 1
1 Playing statistics to end of 2011 season .

Michael Johnson (born 20 October 1984) is an Australian rules footballer for the Fremantle Dockers. Recruited from Perth Football Club in the WAFL with selection 8 in the 2004 Preseason Draft, he is a graduate of the Clontarf Football Academy.[1] He made his debut against Richmond in Round 4 of 2005 when Matthew Carr was a late withdrawal from the team due to illness.

Due to promising performances at both WAFL and AFL levels and his versatility, he announced a three-year extension to his contract in 2006[2] and then a two-year contract extensions to remain at Fremantle until the end of the 2011 season.[3]

In 1995, as a 10-year old, Johnson played Auskick for Fremantle during the half-time break of the first ever Western Derby.[4]

On 7 October 2006, Michael finished equal runner-up (with Peter Bell) in Fremantle's Doig Medal Best & Fairest count, further underlining his credentials as a prospect for the future.[5]

His 2007 season started badly when he was suspended for four matches after colliding with Lachlan Hansen in a NAB Cup match and being one of the first players to be charged under the AFL's crackdown on front-on contact to the head.[6]

In 2009 he was appointed captain of the club for a pre-season derby[7] and despite missing the second half of the 2009 season due to an ankle injury,[8] he was officially included in the leadership group for the 2010 season. He also won the club's best clubman award for 2009.[9]

In May 2010 Johnson was investigated by the police in relation to a drug-related matter.[10][11] He was charged on summons with possessing cocaine, suspended for five matches and fined $5,000 for bringing the AFL into disrepute. He pleaded guilty and was fined $500 in court.[12][11][13]

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