Mick Malthouse’s long AFL career


St Kilda: 1972-76. Games: 53 as a player

Recruited from North Ballarat, the tough, hard-working defender played three finals in his first season with the Saints. Eventually departed for Richmond halfway through the 1976 campaign after coach Allan Jeans told him his opportunities had become limited.

Richmond: 1976-83 Games: 121 as a player

Malthouse slotted into the Tigers’ defence seamlessly and went on to play in the club’s record-breaking flag-winning team over Collingwood in 1980. He famously missed out on the Tigers’ grand final side in 1982 after failing a searching fitness test administered by coach Francis Bourke and retired the next year.

Footscray: 1984-89 Games: 135 as a coach. Won: 67 Lost: 66 Drawn: 2

Quickly made the transition from playing to coaching at the age of 30. Guided the Bulldogs to one finals campaign, in 1985, and established a reputation as a hard-nosed authoritarian.

West Coast: 1990-99 Games: 243 as a coach. Won: 156 Lost: 85 Drawn: 2

Malthouse became the Eagles’ third coach in the fledgling club’s fourth season in the competition. He left a strong legacy, with West Coast winning two flags and making the finals in every season he was in charge.

Collingwood: 2000-11 Games: 286 as a coach. Won: 163 Lost: 121 Drawn: 2

Took over from Tony Shaw, who was sacked after the Pies slumped to the wooden spoon in 1999. Guided Collingwood to two grand finals early in his tenure, with the team becoming regular finals participants before breaking through to win the 2010 flag in the grand final replay against St Kilda.

Carlton: 2013-present. Games as a coach: 50 Won: 20 Lost: 29 Drawn: 1

After a year in the media, Malthouse replaced Brett Ratten, who was sacked by the Blues after five full seasons in charge. He took Carlton to the finals in his first season, but the Blues managed just seven wins last year.

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