DOB: 25 March 1976
From: Whorouly/Albury/Murray U18, Selection #3 1997 Pre-Season Draft
Number: 14 (1997)
'Juice' Newton missed selection in the 1997 National Draft, despite winning the Best and Fairest award in the Ovens & Murray League, where he had first played seniors aged 15. He had been invited to train with the Demons after a tip off from the uncle of then-assistant coach Greg Hutchison, who had seen him play in Albury. Melbourne took him with their first pick in the Pre-Season Draft.
Newton debuted early in Melbourne's horror 1997 season, goalling with his first kick. He played 13 games before a season-ending injury in Round 20. He continued to be troubled by injury, missing all of 1998. He played Reserves in May, but Osteitis Pubis consistently flared, and he never played another senior game. He appeared in 1999 practice matches and kicked four goals in a Reserves game before a hernia operation cost him another month. On his return, Newton suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and was delisted at the end of 1999.
Newton later worked at the club in a number of administrative and coaching roles including Media Manager from 2003 through 2005, and ruck coach in 2008 before crossing to Hawthorn in the same role for the 2009 season.
Age - 11/05/1999