DOB: 18 May 1975
Debut: Round 10, 1992 against North Melbourne at MCG
Last MFC Game: Round 22, 1997 against Fremantle at MCG
From: Carnegie/Tatura/Powelltown/Eastern Ranges
Number: 44 (1992-1993), 18 (1994), 1 (1995-1997)
Games: 47 (56 total)
Goals: 60 (66 total)
The former Victorian schoolboy representative and Teal Cup player was signed to the Demons after three years of negotiations over his signature. He was available to the Demons under residential zoning rules, and was finally signed in the last days before zones were abolished.
Despite average Reserves form, Charles was promoted to the seniors a week after his 17th birthday. He was an immediate hit, kicking five goals on debut. His 1993 was less successful, playing just two games. At the end of that season he underwent an ankle reconstruction. He signed a three year contract before 1994, but began to have issues at the club. At one stage the club had to fly Charles to Melbourne for training to prove he was fit. He landed on the Junction Oval in a helicopter and was picked, but tore a calf muscle after kicking two goals and was out again.
Wrist injuries plagued Charles throughout 1995, breaking the bone three times during the year. The first came in the Demons Round 1 Ansett Cup loss to the Eagles. His wrist injury became infected, requiring hospitalisation, and a graft surgery failed, requiring a second operation. He also missed games at the start of the year with a foot injury. In 1996 he was out of the side with his wrist injury until Round 10, then played three matches before the issue reoccured and he missed the rest of the year. At the end of the year he only narrowly avoided being delisted due to his injury problems.
Charles only missed four games in 1997, but well down on form he was traded to Carlton for National Draft pick #39. He suffered a compound fracture of his leg during the first quarter of his first game after a teammate fell across him and never featured for the Blues again.
After a promising start to his rehabilitation, Charles lost heart and after he was sacked by the Blues after going missing for a week during the 1998 pre-season. He moved to Woorinen, near Swan Hill, to play and was a shock nomination for the 1999 Pre Season Draft. North Melbourne showed some interest, but when he failed to appear at a session as planned they withdrew. Instead, the ailing St Kilda took him with their last pick and he played eight games in 2000 season. During the Round 19, 2000 game against Melbourne, Charles was alleged to have called former teammate David Schwarz a racist. He apologised and withdrew his remarks.
Charles remained on the Saints list in 2001 but was suspended during the pre-season for failing to appeal at training, and after four games for VFL side Springvale he suffered a hamstring injury and retired, citing an inability to cope with the demands of the game. He then played for Lalbert from 2002 to 2006.
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