Clayton Oliver

Image DOB: 22 July 1997

Debut: Round 1, 2016 vs Greater Western Sydney at MCG

From: Mooroopna/Bendigo Pioneers/Murray Bushrangers, selection #4 2015 National Draft

Number: 13 (2016-)

Rising Star nominee - Round 1, 2016 vs Greater Western Sydney
Best and Fairest - 2017, 2019 (shared), 2021, 2022
Best Young Player - 2017
All Australian - 2018 (interchange), 2021 (midfield), 2022 (midfield)
Premiership player - 2021

Games: 162* (to end 2023)
Goals: 51*
Career statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %

Statistical categories led:
Most career clearances - 1114
Most career contested possessions - 2521
Equal most handballs in a game (28) Round 10, 2017, Round 7, 2018 and Round 11, 2018
Most contested possessions in a game (27) - Round 20, 2021 vs Adelaide
Most inside 50s in a game (15) - Round 3, 2022 vs Essendon
Most handballs in a game (29) Round 2, 2019 vs Geelong
Equal most clangers in a game: (12), Round 1, 2022 vs Western Bulldogs
Most average disposals in a season: 32.74 - 2022
Most tackles in a season: 168 - 2018
Most clearances in a season: 199 - 2022
Most clangers in a season: 129 - 2021
Most contested possessions in a season: 435 - 2021

The midfielder missed the Victorian Under 18 carnival side in his draft year, but saw his stocks with AFL recruiters rise after a strong second half of the TAC Cup. He won the 2015 Morrish Medal for best player in the Under 18 competition, and appeared twice with the Richmond VFL side as a top-up player before Melbourne used their first pick to draft him.

After a strong pre-season, Oliver debuted in Round 1, 2016, and received the Rising Star nomination in his first game. He fell out of favour in the second half of the year, missing six weeks before returning for the last three games. At the end of that year Oliver was charged with a low level drink driving offence. He was also accused of diving in the Round 14 win over West Coast, and forced to apologise after an altercation with a Carlton fan Round 16 two weeks later.

Oliver became his side's best midfielder in 2017, playing every game and leading the side in Brownlow Medal votes. It was the start of a run of over 100 consecutive games, and he was Melbourne's premier midfielder in their 2018 return to finals. That year he was named an All Australian for the first time. He had another excellent 2019, despite the Demons' on-field struggles, and continued to be the side's top possession getter. In 2021 he played every game for the year, finished third in the Brownlow Medal, and was a key factor in his side winning their first premiership since 1964. He repeated as an All-Australian in 2022, despite missing his first game since 2016 after breaking his thumb in the Round 17 loss to Geelong. That year he won his fourth Best and Fairest, leaving him with the equal most wins in club history.

After a lucky run with injuries, Oliver missed consecutive games in 2023 with a hamstring injury, then an infected blister that required hospitalisation. Numerous setbacks cost him 10 weeks out of the side, before returning in Round 22 and playing out the season.

2016 1360
2017 22412
2018 251213
2019 22412
2020 17314
2021 251131
2022 23525
2023 1566

Tribunal Record

Pre-season Dangerous tackle $1000 fine
Pre-season Misconduct$1500 fine
Round 21, 2018 Umpire contact $1000 fine
Round 10, 2019 Striking$2000 fine
Round 9, 2020 Striking No sanction

100 plus consecutive games
First draft pick
Grand Final Sprint
Rising Star

Herald Sun - 24/11/2015

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