Date of Birth: 08/11/1995
Club: Collingwood FC
Games (Goals): 68 (23)
Recruited From: 2013 NAB AFL Draft, Pick 7 from Norwood FC (SANFL)
NAB Rising Star Nominee 2014
AIS/AFL Academy 2012 & 13
U/18 All Australian 2012 & 13
A highly touted recruit in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, James has delivered in spades during his first AFL Season with the Brisbane Lions FC. Coming from a strong SA football family pedigree, James had already completed what many state and local footballers strive for in their careers by playing inback to back premierships for the Norwood Football Club in the SANFL as a 16 and 17 year old. These premierships were especially dear to James’ heart as his uncle Michael was a Norwood and SANFL legend.
A member of the AIS AFL Program in 2012 and 2013 James has always been highly respected amongst his peers and is a very professional young player who does everything possible to get the best out of himself.
James had a terrific debut season in 2014 with the Brisbane Lions, before a few impact injuries took there tole in 2015 leading to James missing a large part of the season. In addition to this there was a great deal of speculation surrounding James and his future at Brisbane for the entire season which he took in his stride.
At the end of the 2015 season, James made the tough decision to leave Brisbane and join the Collingwood Football Club. Whilst he would admit he had a slow start to the 2016 season season, James really found his groove amongst is new team to finish off the season very strongly which included playing the last 10 games of the season where he was regularly amongst the Pies best players. Unfortunately James was in and out the side in 2017, before embarking on a high pre-season in 2018 resulting in his best season for the Pies. A PCL injury ruled interrupted the middle part of his season, however James worked tirelessly in his rehab to return to the team in the last part of the season and play an important role in the Finals.
Off the field James has shown a keen interest in charity work and spreading the AFL code amongst the vast array of cultures which make up the Australian population.
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