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Danny MORTON

STATISTICS

Guernsey Number: 7
Career: 2001 to 2002
NFC Games: 33
NFC Goals: 42
Debut: v Central District (Norwood) 30th May 2001
Finale: v Sturt (Adelaide) 29th September 2002

South Australian Games: 2
VFL/AFL Clubs: Fitzroy, Port Adelaide Power
 

Recruited by North Adelaide from the Pooraka Football Club (South Australian Football Association), Danny Morton made his League debut for the Roosters in 1992. At the end of the season he was drafted by the Fitzroy Football Club at pick number 70 in the AFL National Draft.

Although he struggled to gain a regular senior berth in his first three seasons with the Lions, only playing 14 games, the lightly-framed Morton made 16 appearances in 1996. He was selected in the back pocket for Fitzroy's last ever game before merging with the Brisbane Bears. Former Norwood players, Matthew Primus and Martin Pike were also named in the team, which was defeated by Fremantle in Subiaco.
 
The following season Morton was back with North Adelaide in the SANFL. Re-drafted by Port Power in the 1997 National Draft, he played another 20 AFL games between 1998 and 2000. During the 1998 season, Morton suffered a serious neck injury which required surgery and forced him to miss the rest of the season. He was able to force his way back into Port Power's team in 2000, but at the end of the year was delisted by the club.
 
After 50 AFL games, and 45 SANFL appearances with North Adelaide, the pacy, midfielder/forward signed a three-year contract with the Redlegs. The highly-skilled "Bug" was keen to play finals, and was seen as a key recruit for Norwood's 2001 season, and beyond.
 
Morton had an impressive first year at the Parade, playing 15 games and finishing fourth in the club's Best and Fairest award. He also represented South Australia against Victoria in June of that year, and was an important contributor to S.A's win.
 
After 18 games for the Redlegs in 2002, and another State appearance, Morton decided to retire. Persistent back/hamstring strains at hampered his performances late in his career.
 
Morton's last game was in Norwood's 2002 Preliminary Final loss to Sturt, on the Adelaide Oval.

R Cialini March 2017
 


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