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Get to know: Rhys Palmer

Danielle Balales, Carlton Media  October 21, 2016 10:26 AM

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Skillful midfielder Rhys Palmer will add experience and leadership to the Blues’ line-up in 2017 after being traded to Carlton.

The former No.7 draft pick was initially recruited to Fremantle in 2007, before making his way to the Giants at the end of 2011.

Since making his debut in Round 2, 2008 v Hawthorn, Palmer has played a combined 122 games for the Dockers and Giants, and kicked 95 goals.

The 27-year-old made an immediate impact in his first year, playing 20 games with an average of 23.1 disposals. His efforts earned him a rising star nomination in Round 8, before ultimately taking home the overall award at the end of the season.

His hard run, work ethic and appetite for the contest will make him a valuable player for the Blues in 2017.

He said it:

"It's been a long slog, a lot of work behind the scenes, so to get a milestone of 100 games is a proud moment not just for myself, but for all the people who have helped me along the way. Just rocking up every year, every day, and trying to put your best foot forward; it's a very ruthless industry so I'm grateful to be in it."

– Rhys Palmer speaks to AFL Media ahead of his 100th AFL game.


New Blue Rhys Palmer knows how to find the goals. (Photo: AFL Media)

They said it:

“The reason why Rhys Palmer gets picked every week is because he puts his head over the footy and he loves to play hard footy…they're the sort of players who spiritually hold the group together, and Rhys Palmer is one of those players.”

– GWS coach Leon Cameron spoke to AFL Media before Palmer’s 100th senior game.

Rhys Palmer’s bio:

Age: 27
Height: 181cm
Weight: 83kg
Recruited: East Fremantle (WA)/Fremantle/GWS
Draft history: Selected at pick No. 7 by Fremantle in the 2007 national draft
Position: Midfielder
AFL debut: Round 2, 2008 v Hawthorn
AFL games: 122
AFL goals: 95