Junior Club: Old Xaverians, Eastern U18 (VIC)
Clubs: West Coast, Sydney
Recruited from: Sydney
Brownlow votes: 1
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The cult hero of the 2014 flag just couldn’t get a decent run at things in 2015, with a series of soft-tissue injuries keeping him to just four games. But he is always in the mix when fully fit because of his excellent intercept marking and defensive pressure. And in 23 games for the Hawks, he has played in just one losing team. With the retirement of Brian Lake, there is an opportunity for Spangher to get back into the side in 2016.
Player honours: premiership side 2014.
Brownlow Medal: career votes 1.
Previous AFL clubs: West Coast (2008-10: 26 games, 3 goals); Sydney (2011-12: 6 games, 8 goals).
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.