Andrew McLeod is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time and is often considered by many as the greatest player of the Adelaide Football Club. McLeods journey in the AFL much more than the long list of accolades and triumphs. The longevity of high performance required to justify the champion tag proved no issue for the Darwin-born star and the quality remained until the last of his Club record 340 AFL games in his 16th season. He is the games record holder for Adelaide, having played 340 games.

McLeod had explosive speed and precision skills, allowing him to demonstrate how damaging a running football can be off a half-back flank or on the ball. His ability to break the lines, run with the football and deliver with accuracy was a major reason for Adelaide’s triumphant march to the 1997 and 1998 premierships, and it was both extremely fitting, and no coincidence, that McLeod was rewarded with the Norm Smith Medal after both seasons’ Grand Finals. 

He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame and is an AFL Indigenous Team of the Century member.

Playing Career

1995 – 2010 Adelaide

Games

340

Goals

275

Playing Honours

  • Australian Football Hall of Fame
  • 2x AFL Premiership player (1997, 1998)
  • 2× Norm Smith Medal (1997, 1998)
  • 3× Malcolm Blight Medal (1997, 2001, 2007)
  • Leigh Matthews Trophy (2001)
  • 5× All-Australian team (1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2007)
  • All-Australian Captain (2007)
  • Adelaide pre-season premiership (2003)
  • Michael Tuck Medal (2003)
  • International Rules Series captain (2007)
  • Jim Stynes Medal (2005)
  • Showdown Medal (2007)
  • Polly Farmer Medal (2007)
  • Adelaide Team of the Decade – Half Back flank
  • Dream Team captain (2008)
  • AFL Rising Star nominee (1995)
  • Indigenous Team of the Century
  • SANFL Premiership player: (1994)
  • Northern Territory NEAFL premiership side (2011)

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