DOB: 27 April 1987
From: Whorouly/Murray Bushrangers, Selection #43, 2004 National Draft
Number: 29 (2007-2011)
Mark of the Year - Round 16, 2007
After two and a half years playing with the Zebras Newton was given his debut in Neale Daniher's last game as coach, a heartbreaking loss to Essendon. Newton showed some promise by kicking a goal. A week later he booted 3.3 against Carlton and was looking like a potential long term replacement for David Neitz.
Newton earned the nickname "Juice", after the American pop singer of the same name - the nickname earlier belonged to Leigh Newton - and in his fourth game he took the 2007 Mark of the Year against North Melbourne. Newton remained in the side for the rest of 2007 but was dropped after playing Round 1, 2008 and didn't feature in the senior side again until Round 15 of that year for a total of six matches for the season.
A consistent performer for Casey, Newton's goalkicking has been his achilles heel. He played five senior games for a total of 6.10 during 2009.
In November 2009, on the last day before list lodgement Newton was delisted. The club agreed to re-draft him under new rookie list rules as long as no other club selected him first. With the new Gold Coast team having the first five picks of the draft, Newton was redrafted by the Demons with Selection 6 in the Rookie Draft.
Nominated as a rookie eligible to play in 2010, Newton played two games early in the year before being dropped again. He returned for the last two matches of the season, playing as a pinch hit ruckman.
Retained on the rookie list in 2011 Newton broke back into the side for the Round 8 match against North Melbourne and was impressive. He played three games in a row, kicking five goals, before suffering a foot injury that kept him out of football until near the end of the year.
He returned to VFL with the Casey Demons in time to play in their finals campaign but was delisted at the end of the season.
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