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Jonathon Patton
#12   GWS Giants
Age: 23yr 11mth    Games: 59     Born: May 20, 1993    
Height: 198cm     Weight: 101kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #1 2011 National Draft by GWS Giants
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Contract Status: RFA at the end of 2020   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Jonathon Patton Biography

Saturday, 15 April 2017
Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron hopes Jonathon Patton's match-winning and career-high six-goal haul against Port Adelaide is the catalyst for the big forward to become one of the AFL's best.

"His attack on the ball in the first five minutes was exactly what we need, and then he became a focal point and used his marking strength," Cameron said.

"He's made some significant ground off the back of some injuries, but there's so much more improvement in him."

Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Jonathon Patton signs a new three-year deal with the Giants that will keep him at the club until the end of 2020.

"I think it's well known the injuries I've had and the Giants stuck with me during that tough time, so I always said that when my career got back on track I'd definitely repay that faith," Patton said.

"I'm from Melbourne and I can't see myself living back there, as much as I love my family and friends, Sydney is home for me now.

"A lot of us got drafted here as 18-year-olds and some of us have played with each other since we were 13, so it's not just from making a prelim (final) last year, it's been years in the making this culture we've been creating, and we think it's something that we think can take us forward."

Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Jonathon Patton says the chemistry between Jeremy Cameron, Rory Lobb and himself in the Giants' forward line will improve further in 2017.

"Myself, Jeremy and Rory were working pretty well together at the end of the year and got some good momentum between us," Patton said.

"We're working really well now in training because us three didn't really work together too much before 2016 so to have that full year together is going to help us heaps this year."

Friday, 5 August 2016
The career path of Geelong star Tom Hawkins has inspired Greater Western Sydney forward Jonathon Patton to keep the faith that the best footy of his career is just around the corner.

Hawkins is one of the competition's best power forwards, but he took time to prove himself on a consistent basis, his strong 2011 finals series in his fifth season the catalyst behind his now outstanding career.

"Tom (Hawkins) had an amazing finals series that year, especially the Grand Final," he said.

"I think young key forwards can look at something like that and know that it's not always about you not being good enough, it's just about being patient sometimes.

"All key forwards take longer to develop and obviously I've had some injuries that have hindered that and I haven't been out there to play.

"I'm playing a bit of catch up and I'm getting there, but still have a lot of things to improve on."

Thursday, 4 August 2016
Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron predicts injury-plagued forward Jon Patton's best is yet to come after an uncommonly slow path to his upcoming 50th AFL game.

"I reckoned he's learnt a lot about going through a rehab program and what footy means to him," Cameron said.

"Does he want to go the extra yard? Can he push himself through to actually get to the ultimate and that's playing AFL footy, let alone playing 50 games, so it's a fine achievement from Jon.

"He's only five years in, really he's probably only two years in because of the injuries he's sustained.

"But I think he's really starting to grasp what AFL footy is about week in week out and rocking up to play, so he's got a lot of work to do still, but we're definitely happy that he's on the right track."

Sunday, 20 December 2015
Jon Patton says returning from his second knee reconstruction to play three senior games towards the back end of 2015 was invaluable to him.

"My goal last season was to play a senior game, so I did that," Patton said.

"Playing three games was really good, but I wasn't back to being fully confident in myself, that's why I sat out the last two games and waited for pre-season.

"When I was out there, although I wasn't playing the greatest footy, I felt like I belonged out there.

"Gaining confidence against big-bodied AFL players is a slow process. Having a long time out of the game, it takes a while to get back, but it's coming back now.

"Last year was about ticking little boxes, and next year is about playing consistent football and playing well."

Thursday, 24 September 2015
Jon Patton has been taken to hospital after being assaulted while holidaying in the United States.

GWS released a statement on Thursday afternoon confirming that the 22-year-old former number one draft pick had been struck on the side of the head in an unprovoked attack outside a Los Angeles nightspot.

Local police confirmed that witnesses saw the incident and a male was taken into custody and arrested for the assault.

Giants teammate Tomas Bugg was with Patton at the time.

Patton has been cleared of any serious injury but was taken to hospital with concussion.

Sunday, 12 July 2015
Jonathon Patton makes a successful return in the NEAFL, finishing with four kicks, two handballs and a goal, but more importantly got through almost a half of footy unscathed.

The powerful Victorian says battling the psychological hurdles that came with his long road to recovery, for a second time, were extremely difficult to overcome.

"The physical side obviously is very tough and demanding, you do so much work on your rehab, but the psych side takes a lot longer because you just have to get out there and play and get through that first," Patton said after the UWS Giants' 94-point win.

"When you're out there actually playing you're not thinking about anything, you're just thinking about what you're going to do.

"It was good to get out there, everything left my mind, and it felt good again."

Wednesday, 8 July 2015
Jon Patton will finally make his comeback from a second knee reconstruction when he plays for the Giants' reserves in the NEAFL this weekend.

GWS confirmed the 22 year-old will make his first appearance for 2015 in the curtain raiser to the senior side's clash with St Kilda at Spotless Stadium.

Thursday, 30 April 2015
Jonathon Patton is given the all clear to resume full training following his second knee reconstruction.

But the 21-year-old is in no rush to return, happy to bide his time on the sidelines and build confidence and fitness.

"I've been training now for a while and I'm feeling really comfortable so I guess it's just about whenever I feel right and my mind feels right to go out there," Patton said.

"It's just week by week. I don't want to rush anything. I just want to get a really good training base first."

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Giants coach Leon Cameron says Jonathon Patton is on track for a mid-season return from his latest knee reconstruction.

"Jon Patton's rehab has been outstanding and should resume around the middle of the year," Cameron said.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015
Jonathon Patton will head to Philadelphia next week to work with one of the world's leading knee specialists in a bid to boost his rehabilitation from a second reconstruction.

"I get to go overseas and work with one of the best ACL rehab guys in the world and it's something I'm really grateful for," Patton said.

"The club had my best interest at heart and we both thought, 'Why not?' This way I get to go away as I didn't get to go away in the off-season, so I can't wait for it."

Friday, 22 August 2014
Jonathon Patton has extended his contract with Greater Western Sydney until the end of 2017.

"He's obviously someone we want to lock in long-term and even more so now (since his knee injury)," Giants chief executive Dave Matthews said.

"I just want to give him the security and certainty to let him get on and overcome that setback."

Thursday, 21 August 2014
Jonathon Patton says he is determined to return strongly from his latest knee injury.

"There's no doubt this is a very challenging and confronting time in my life," Patton said.

"I'm three years into my career and have had more injuries than most people have endured for their whole career.

"The worst thing about this whole process is not being able to train and play with all my best mates for a long time.

"I now need to move on and deal with this situation. After all, this is only a 9-10 month rehab. There are people out there fighting for their lives and going through a lot tougher things than I am.

"I will get my surgery done early next week and recover to the best of my ability to make sure I am there with my teammates for the next 10 years."

Wednesday, 20 August 2014
Sports medico Dr Peter Larkins says the future is grim for Jonathon Patton after the key forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time.

Larkins said Patton's options were limited because of the surgery he underwent in Sweden early in 2012 to treat patellar tendinopathy (also known as jumper's knee).

"The choice for him is to have another hamstring [taken from] the opposite knee, so you take good hamstring tissue out of the left knee," Larkins said.

"Because he's had patella tendon issues you don't want to take patella tendon from his knee because it's not a healthy tendon, and he's already had the right hamstring taken out.

"It's not good going forward. He's a big guy and we hope that he makes a full recovery. We always hope that after ACLs.

"But for a young guy who we haven't seen the best of, it's not great news."

Monday, 18 August 2014
Jonathon Patton is still coming to terms with the prospect of another 12 months on the sideline with a third serious knee injury in his short career.

After tearing the ACL in his right knee for the second time, Patton will undergo a traditional knee construction in the coming days.

"Learning about his past history and the injuries, it was shattering for him to get that news last night," Patton's teammate and housemate Heath Shaw said.

"He was pretty upset and after the game when we got told, all the boys were just in silence because it's such a tough thing."

Sunday, 17 August 2014
Jonathon Patton tears ACL in his right knee for the second time after landing awkwardly from a marking contest in the second quarter of the Giants' game against Melbourne at the MCG.
Monday, 28 July 2014
Jonathon Patton is the round 18 rising star nominee after taking a career-high nine marks and kicking two goals from 15 disposals in a narrow seven-point loss to Geelong.

"It wasn't really on my mind at all," Patton said about the nomination.

"It's nice to be recognised, but you listen more to what people say behind closed doors and inside of the club."

Saturday, 26 April 2014
Jonathan Patton is experimented in the Giants' backline against Gold Coast but GWS coach Leon Cameron says his future is still up forward.

"We talked about developing other areas of Jon's game - like Boydy developing as a second option in the ruck," Cameron said.

"He started forward, and I thought he was particularly dangerous as a forward at times, but we also wanted him to go back and help our defenders."

Wednesday, 19 February 2014
GWS coach Leon Cameron says Jonathon Patton will have to get over the mental challenge of playing again at StarTrack Oval in Canberra, the venue where he injured his knee more than 10 months ago.

"There's no doubt there'll be a few demons here and there but we spoke about that during the week," Cameron said.

"It's just natural; this is where he hurt his knee but I think the big thing about Jon is he's come a long way in terms of he's a third year player, he's matured, he's had to get over a number of hurdles, his first year with his patella.

"I think that adversity he's faced has really helped him to mature into a really young man so we look forward to him strutting his stuff here tomorrow night."

Tuesday, 11 February 2014
Jonathon Patton will step up his recovery from long-term knee injury by taking part in Greater Western Sydney's intra-club match.

"Jon is coming back from that long-term injury," GWS coach Leon Cameron said.

"He played a couple of quarters last Friday, but he'll roll out tomorrow and it's great for Jon in his progression back into AFL football to see him play three-to-four quarters."

Monday, 13 January 2014
Tom Boyd says having a tall trio of Jonathan Patton, Jeremy Cameron and himself in the Giants' forward line presents an interesting dilemma for the club.

"It comes down to a lot of things in terms of form and timing. Obviously being a bigger forward line, can we put on the defensive pressure that's required?" Boyd asked.

"It's an interesting dilemma to have, but it's really not up to me. I'll leave that up to the coaches."

Tuesday, 3 December 2013
After having his first two years of AFL football affected by injury, Jonathon Patton says he won't settle for becoming the third-string forward with the Giants in 2014.

"You don't want anyone to think you're second or third best," Patton said.

"But I know once I get my body right I'll be fine. It's all about getting my body right and having a bit of luck."

Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Jonathon Patton says realizing his season was over after rupturing his arterior cruciate ligament was devastating.

"It was the worst night of my life," Patton told The Daily Telegraph.

"I thought it was my ankle and I didn't think it would be anything serious, then they told me it could be the ACL and it was shattering. I started crying just at the thought it could be my ACL, then the scans confirmed it."

Sunday, 14 April 2013
Jonathon Patton will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL when he was brought down by St Kilda's Rhys Stanley and his right leg buckled underneath him.

"They're the tough rigours of an AFL career it's a challenge for the young man," GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said.

"He's already had an operation on his other leg and this is an injury to his good leg.

"It's just unfortunate, we'll keep him up and keep him around the club, and it creates other opportunities for other players to come in."

Wednesday, 27 February 2013
The Giants have protected their young stars from swooping rivals, confirming seven players have signed new deals with the club.

Jonathon Patton, Dom Tyson, Will Hoskin-Elliott, Andrew Phillips and Sam Frost have committed until the end of the 2015 AFL season while Curtly Hampton and Aidan Corr signed through 2016.

"Everyone wants success, that is why you play the game and I think we are in the best position we can possibly be in," Patton said.

"The club has done an amazing job to put this list together. We have a lot of talent here. This is a great club to be at. This is a club you don't want to leave."

Wednesday, 30 January 2013
After overcoming a horrific run with injury, Jonathon Patton is ready to play the role of target man in the Giants' forward line in 2013.

"Jon's been really good. He's been on the track pretty much every session," GWS co-captain Callan Ward said.

"The shoulder's really good. He's pulled up really well from that. He's looking fit and strong, and he's going to be great for us if he can stay fit.

"We're all looking forward to playing with him as that big, tall target in the forward line - someone we can kick to."

Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Jonathon Patton says he is enjoying being injury-free this pre-season compared to last year.

"You do really question yourself a few times in the rehab group," Patton said about his experience in 2011.

"It's just so taxing. Early mornings every day. You're not with the group, you're watching them train. You're sort of thinking, 'When are you going to play? When are you going to train?' All that adds up. But it makes you mentally stronger."

Friday, 9 November 2012
Jonathon Patton says he wants to make the most of his first proper pre-season after being injured last year.

"My mindset is a lot different this year, I'm training so it's a lot better ... rehab was very hard with early mornings each day," Patton said.

"You could say that I'm more focused this year and more determined to show people what I can do.

"I want to build a really good fitness base so I can run out games more and ... get some more chemistry with the forward line and the other boys out on the field."

Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Jonathon Patton says he and fellow forward Jeremy Cameron would benefit from having Kurt Tippett at the Giants.

"If Kurt came to the Giants it would be awesome for the club," Patton said.

"He's hitting his prime and he has already shown what sort of a player he is. If he comes here, Jeremy and I will be looking forward to working with him in the forward line."

Wednesday, 17 October 2012
GWS head of sports science John Quinn says there will be a marked improvement from Jon Patton in 2013 after the big forward struggled with injury during the early part of 2012.

"He hadn't played for about seven months by the time we got him training and playing," Quinn said.

"He knew he wasn't in the best physical condition, but it was important for his mental approach and to keep him motivated for him to play.

"He's up and going now and a good pre-season under Jon Patton, I think people are going to be really surprised with what he brings to us."

Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Jeremy Cameron, Jonathon Patton and Dylan Shiel will undergo surgery with three rounds remaining for the year in preparation for 2013.

"We're being proactive with these young bodies," said John Quinn, GWS' head of sports science.

"With a player like Jeremy it was evident early on that he would need surgery at some point and now this will relieve him of his pain and give him the best chance for a full pre-season heading in to 2013.

"Patton obviously sustained the shoulder injury two weeks ago and the advice we received from the surgeons was to have the procedure done immediately. This will enable him to be ready for his first full pre-season, as last year he was hampered by a knee injury and subsequent surgery.

"We're very happy with the results of Dylan's surgery and whilst it is a six-month recovery for him, we have excellent fitness and medical staff to get him to his full potential by the NAB Cup."

Monday, 16 July 2012
Jonathon Patton will be rested from this week's trip to Perth to take on Fremantle as he continues to be nursed through his debut AFL season.

"Jonathon Patton hasn't even had a pre-season. He had a trip to Europe [for knee surgery]. So he won't play this week," GWS coach Kevin Sheedy said.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Jonathon Patton says he won't expect to reach full fitness until 2013.

"It's going to take a little while to get that AFL fitness," Patton said.

"Obviously it won't come this year but, each week, it's going to keep getting better and better.

"I'm happy with the way I'm presenting up the ground and giving the boys another option. I think I've been good in that aspect in creating a contest and taking a few marks."

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Greater Western Sydney is comfortable with how its contract talks are progressing with its young stars Jonathon Patton and Jeremy Clayton.

"What's been in the forefront of [Patton's] mind ... is just getting him right and back playing, so there's no particular hurry from that point of view," Giants chief executive Dave Matthews told AFL.com.au on Tuesday.

"And with Jeremy Cameron, he's been at the club for a significant period of time already. He came a year earlier than the rest of the players and has settled in very well and we're confident that we can progress discussions with Jeremy."

Sunday, 17 June 2012
Jonathon Patton's first game as an AFL Giant gave every indication he will be a future star with seven possessions, four marks and a goal in wet conditions.

"It was just really good to get out there and be part of something that's going to be pretty special," he said.

"All the boys got around me and I was rapt just to get through the game and didn't cramp, which is a positive for me."

Thursday, 14 June 2012
Top pick Tom Scully has formed a close relationship with teammate and fellow No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton.

"We've come through similar paths and I like to have a chat to him about how he's going with it all," Scully said.

"Being a number one pick as well, I've tried to give him a bit of advice on what to expect and how to handle it and pass on my experiences.

"We also both came off injuries leading into our first season. I had a knee injury as well and missed a fair chunk of pre-season, although I was lucky to play early on.

"There's so much external expectation on him, but I just told him to remain focused and get his rehab right."

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Jonathon Patton says the low-key build up to his upcoming debut has helped him escape the scruty of being the No.1 draft pick.

"It definitely has, especially being in Sydney," he said.

"That's been pretty helpful. Looking at (fellow top picks) Jack Watts and Tom Scully when they were in Melbourne, they had heaps of scrutiny over them, so I think that's helped a lot.

"I've spoken to a few guys at the club and I'm not too worried about how many kicks or marks or goals I get; I just want to have a run around and get a taste of AFL footy."

Tuesday, 12 June 2012
Greater Western Sydney confirms that No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton will make his long-awaited AFL debut against Richmond at Skoda Stadium.
Friday, 1 June 2012
GWS coach Kevin Sheedy says No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton will make his debut in round 12 against Richmond at Skoda Stadium.

"He'll come in against Richmond and we've let him know that," Sheedy said.

"He'll play on the weekend again [in the NEAFL] and it would be better for him to play against Richmond at our stadium.

"He needs to train to get to there. We don't want to be rushing players back and he'll be ready to go in a couple of weeks."

Wednesday, 23 May 2012
GWS coach Kevin Sheedy hopes Jonathon Patton doesn't follow the same path as Essendon's injury-plagued forward Scott Gumbleton.

"The best thing from my experience is don't rush these guys too early or, otherwise, you'll end up with the Gumbleton-type thing," Sheedy said.

"He was an early draft pick and he still hasn't had his body right five or six years later. You've got to be very careful here with certain players and their body maturity."

Tuesday, 31 January 2012
A trip to Sweden for new Giant Jon Patton has saved his season after unidentified bone growths were discovered in his knee.

"Dr Alfredson reviewed Patton's history and then examined him with an ultrasound that showed extensive new blood vessel formation at the lower tip of the knee cap, near where the tendon joins," Giants physiotherapist Leroy Lobo who travelled to Europe with Patton said.

"He also noted that there were some bony changes at the tip of the knee cap that would likely be hitting the tendon and leading to tendon changes and the pain that Patton was feeling.

"The process took over an hour. The bony growths and other parts around the tendon were trimmed.

"The bony lesions in particular were interesting as Dr Alfredson felt that we would have hit a wall with Patton's conservative exercise-only rehab without this procedure.

"He felt without the bony-growth removal, we would have found ongoing tendon pain despite the carefully designed rehab designed by the Giants and his long-time colleague Jill Cook."

Friday, 27 January 2012
Giants forward Jonathon Patton faces an extended stint on the sidelines after having surgery in Sweden.

"We want to give all our players, including our draftees, every chance to fulfil their potential and we are pleased that Jonathon underwent this procedure," GWS general manager of football operations Graeme Allan said.

"While we won't do anything to rush him or jeopardize his long term future, we remain confident that he will be able to resume full training in early April and be available for selection in May."

Monday, 9 January 2012
No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton says he remains positive despite having to wait several months before being available for his AFL debut due to a knee complaint.

"I've got an appointment with the best surgeon in the world so I'm grateful for that opportunity that the Giants have given me," Patton said.

"I'll hopefully be back by May so I might miss the first five to seven games, but the club sees me as a long-term prospect so, in the big picture, it's not that big of a disappointment."

Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Jonathon Patton has been diagnosed with 'jumper's knee' and will undergo surgery in Sweden which will effectively rule him out until May of 2012.

"It is not an uncommon condition in young players and something the club was aware of before we drafted Jonathon," Giants sports science manager John Quinn said.

"As such, he has been on a modified training program since he joined the Giants and we have been monitoring him closely."

Friday, 25 November 2011
2011 No. 1 draft pick Jonathon Patton says he is ready to handle the pressure of being the year's top pick.

"There's been a bit of hype and I thought that if I am (No.1 pick) then I'm ready to take it on," Patton said.

"I'm not going to back down from the challenge. I'm going to take it head on and I'm really proud of being the No.1 pick."

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