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Michael Johnson injury update

Fremantle defender Michael Johnson is set to miss the next 8-10 weeks with a hamstring injury

1:55pm  Jun 8, 2015

Johnson set to miss three

Ross Lyon has conceded Fremantle is slightly vulnerable in its defensive stocks after Michael Johnson suffered a hamstring injury

11:31am  Jun 6, 2015

Johnno's star quality

Ahead of his 200th game, we take a look at what makes Michael Johnson one of the AFL's best defenders

12:17pm  Jun 4, 2015

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Michael
Johnson

Height
195 cm
DOB
20-10-1984
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2015
10
Career
200
Goals
2015
0
Career
62
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
730
Avg
73
MichaelJohnson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Belmont (WA)
Recruited from: Perth (WA)
Draft information: Pre-Season Draft 2003 - pick 8
Debut: Round 4, 2005 v Richmond
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 15

Outlook: The All Australian defender has missed most of the pre-season because of a back injury at the end of 2014. A crucial component of Freo’s structure, Johnson is confident he’ll be back for the start of the 2015 season.

What the coach says (Roger Hayden): A slow start because of his back injury, but he’s progressing really well and getting back to where he was halfway through last year. Slowly building and we should see that rebound and roll-off defence that we are used to seeing.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Injury prevented the brilliant defender from reaching the heights of his 2013 All Australian season. Johnson was greatly missed in Freo’s finals campaign and will look to get his body right for 2015.

Johnson has been a rock in Fremantle's AFL-leading defence in 2013. His cool play off half-back and his uncompromising courage was a highlight. Johnson also chalked up his 150th Freo game in the round 1 win over West Coast, leaving him eligible for life membership.

Johnson relished the opportunity to return to a permanent role on the half-back line in 2012 and was the club’s best rebound 50 player. Along with Luke McPharlin, he helped form the foundations of a Fremantle defence that ranked second in the AFL for fewest points conceded (behind Sydney).

He thrived as a loose man in the backline, winning the second-most marks in the competition in 2012 with 166 grabs. Only McPharlin finished ahead of him with 171. The majority of Johnson’s marks were uncontested, a category he led the entire AFL in with 149. He used the ball well, ranking 10th in the AFL for effective kicks (244). Most of these were short kicks, as he finished third overall in the competition for this statistic with 170.

Still well in his prime, Johnson has laid the foundations to go on with it in 2013 and will be a vital cog in Freo’s uncompromising backline again. 

Charity partner ambassador: Diabetes WA

Johnson played every game of the season for the first time since 2006 and looked comfortable in a variety of roles. While he didn’t set the world on fire, he was serviceable throughout as a key defender or forward, and a backup ruckman. Johnson finished second overall at Freo for short kicks (98), third for total marks (98) and uncontested marks (79), fourth for contested marks (19) and fifth for hitouts (16). Played a blinder in round 24 with 30 disposals and 11 marks and Freo will be hoping for more of that in 2012.

Johnson was Freo’s Mr fix-it in 2010, playing a variety of roles that included backing up Aaron Sandilands in the ruck and key defensive and forward jobs. The only low point of his year was a club-imposed six-week suspension in the middle of the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 12.4
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 18.6
    • Marks 6.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 0.7
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 73.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Western Bulldogs Rd 7
Handballs 10 North Melbourne Rd 8
Disposals 29 Western Bulldogs Rd 7
Marks 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 7
Hit-outs 2 Port Adelaide Rd 1
Tackles 2 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 128 Western Bulldogs Rd 7

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Port Adelaide W 75 - 68 12 4 16 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 54
2 Geelong Cats W 60 - 104 14 10 24 9 0 2 1 0 0 0 88
3 West Coast Eagles W 81 - 111 15 10 25 9 1 0 1 2 0 0 98
4 Sydney Swans W 74 - 60 14 4 18 6 0 2 0 0 0 0 70
5 Melbourne W 50 - 118 12 7 19 10 0 0 1 1 0 0 81
6 Essendon W 80 - 52 10 4 14 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 66
7 Western Bulldogs W 88 - 101 21 8 29 14 1 2 0 1 0 0 128
8 North Melbourne W 115 - 42 14 10 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 86
9 Adelaide Crows W 57 - 68 11 5 16 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 56
10 Richmond L 70 - 97 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
11 Gold Coast Suns W 46 - 53 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 80 - 73 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Brisbane Lions W 78 - 48 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
19 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 12 - L: 1 124 62 186 68 4 7 3 7 0 0 730

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 200
    • Kicks 11.1
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 5.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.8
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 15, 2008
Disposals 30 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Marks 15 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008
Hit-outs 10 Hawthorn W1, 2010
Tackles 7 Melbourne Rd 16, 2008
Goals 3 Melbourne Rd 13, 2011
AFL Fantasy 141 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Fremantle 124 62 186 68 4 7 3 7 0 0 730
2014 Fremantle 242 113 355 110 2 8 4 24 3 2 1396
2013 Fremantle 321 126 447 159 5 18 11 44 5 2 1890
2012 Fremantle 316 150 466 166 4 21 14 52 3 1 1956
2011 Fremantle 201 118 319 98 16 10 13 52 13 10 1416
2010 Fremantle 199 120 319 117 54 20 24 33 17 8 1432
2009 Fremantle 122 47 169 52 14 9 3 18 8 7 757
2008 Fremantle 204 172 376 125 9 10 18 30 5 4 1450
2007 Fremantle 183 130 313 100 13 7 13 36 2 1 1247
2006 Fremantle 270 155 425 154 13 18 16 41 5 4 1763
2005 Fremantle 46 36 82 23 18 4 8 11 1 0 327

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 18, 2007 v West Coast

100 games:  Round 21, 2010 v Hawthorn

150 games:  Round 1, 2013 v West Coast

Awards

Club Awards

Doig Medal Runner-up
2006

Best Clubman
2009

Fremantle Dockers Life Member 
Inducted in 2013

AFL Awards

All Australian
2013

Q & A

Your nickname: Johnno, MJ and Spanky Johnson

One word to describe you: Relaxed

Favourite player to watch growing up: Wayne Carey

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Toughest individual opponent: Matthew Richardson

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Stephen Hill

Thriftiest player at your club: Stephen Hill

The next big thing at your club: Lachie Weller

The smartest thing you have been told: Save your money

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: Las Vegas

Do you have any strange phobias: Spiders and dogs

Your can’t-miss TV shows: I don’t have time for TV

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Agro’s Cartoon Connection

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: NBA player

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Muesli, yoghurt and banana

Your last meal would be: KFC

Your favourite holiday destination: New York City

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Will Smith

What are your three essential items: Family, phone and wallet

Most useless thing you have bought: I bought a clothes hanger, which I haven’t installed yet

Best subject at school: Manual Arts

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl