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Chris Newman (Australian rules footballer)

Chris Newman (born 18 May 1982) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. He was drafted at Pick 55 in the 2000 AFL Draft by the Richmond Football Club. Chris grew up in the Melboure suburb of Narrewarren where his neighbour was Brendan Fevola. These two spent many hours perfecting their football with long bouts of kick to kick. Chris was later to become Brendan's best man at his wedding.

Early Career (2000-2004)

Newman struggled to get himself into the first Richmond side for his first two seasons. He was held back by nagging injuries which meant he couldn't get any form behind himself.

After a long what for his debut, he finally did in Round 9 of the 2002 season. Newman was then to play every game expect the Tiger's Round 22 game due to bad form for the previous month. He played every game though in the 2003 season, and looked like he might have a career in the big league. He exelled as the Richmond team struggled, kicking 5 goals for the season and averaging 13 dispoals off half back. In 2004, he played yet another good year. He played 19 games, once again averaging 13 disposals and also kicking 2 goals.

2005 season

2005 was the break-through year for Newman. As Richmond struggled, Newman was very solid in the heart of their defence. He picked up a career high 24 disposals against Sydney in Round 14, in a stirring 1 point win over that season's premiers. He averaged 15 disposals for the year after playing every game, and kicked a couple of goals.

2006 season

2006 was by far the season that Newman has had to go through. It started well for him, averaging 14 disposals for the first 12 games of the year. But in Richmond's next game, things went horribly wrong for him. He got tangled with Leon Davis and bent his leg in a horrible way, breaking it in two places. This was a similar break to that of Nathan Brown the year before.

2007 Season

Newman has now been able to recover from his horrible break and has once again been one of Richmond's most consistent performers for the year. His run off the half-backline is crucial to the Tigers many attacks and he is considered to be a future leader of the club.

He scored one of the goals of 2007 against Fremantle when he received a 50 m penalty which led him to the centre square after a scuffle with Dean Solomon. Newman kicked a long bomb from the center square which was going to be the last goal of the 1st quarter.

In 2008, Newman was named as Richmonds Deputy Vice Captain along with Nathan Foley.


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