Clubs: West Coast Eagles
Recruited from: West Coast Eagles
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Has there ever been a more popular Hawthorn premiership player? The journeyman key-position player narrowly missed out on flags with West Coast (2006), Sydney (2012) and Hawthorn (2013) before last year’s breakthrough. Found his niche with his intercept marking and defensive acts and as part of the deep forward line rotation. What you get every week from Spangher is maximum effort and he was rewarded with a two-year contract extension and best clubman award.
Draft history: 2005 NAB AFL Draft 2nd round selection (West Coast) No. 34 overall; 2010 NAB AFL Draft 4th round selection (Sydney) No. 73 overall; 2012 NAB AFL Draft traded by Sydney for No. 64 (Matthew Dick).
2011 was… initially really disappointing for him because he came into a new club and wanted to impress and certainly did everything right early on but then just broke down with injury and missed a big chunk of the year and pre-season. From that disappointment came some really positive signs later in the year, he came in and played a role really well in the forward line which he probably didn’t expect coming across from West Coast. He showed he can play that role really well.
His pre-season he has been… flying until he tore his hamstring. He’s back in rehab but hopefully it all goes smoothly. One thing from last year, he’s shown that with a setback he can come back and play well.
In 2012 we want to see… that he knocks this injury on the head and gets a bit of game time in and can come in and play another role for us and improve on what he did last year because he’s certainly capable of that.