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Dustin Fletcher
#31   Essendon Bombers
Age: 39yr 2mth    Games: 392     Born: May 7, 1975    
Height: 198cm     Weight: 93kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Pick #3 1992 Pre-Draft Selections Draft
Last Drafted By: Essendon Bombers
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Dustin Fletcher Biography

Thursday, 10 July 2014
The end of this season is likely to determine whether Dustin Fletcher plays on for a 23rd year of AFL football, according to Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Thompson expects the 39-year-old to want to play on into 2015, and said Fletcher is keen to show his value in the final chunk of this season.

"I think he's going to try [to play next year]," Thompson said.

"I think he's pretty realistic, if the next seven weeks he doesn't play and he feels like he can't deserve a game and contribute to the success of the team, then he'll make the right decision. And I totally trust Dustin."
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
Veteran Bomber Dustin Fletcher has set a target of 16-18 games this year.

"I'd like to hope if the body's right, if I'm up and about and the form's all right, I can play between 16-18 games," Fletcher said.

"That's probably just the number I've got in my head. I've learnt you never say you'll play 22 games because it's such a tough year and things can change quickly with a few injuries."

Monday, 26 August 2013
Dustin Fletcher's record-breaking 379th game for Essendon is on hold after a hamstring injury ruled him out of Saturday night's clash with Richmond.

Fletcher has missed the past two weeks with suspension after equalling Simon Madden's club record of 378 club against West Coast in round 20.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
38-year old Dustin Fletcher expresses his desire to continue playing next year.

"I would love to be a part of the team next year but we will just have to see how the next few games go," Fletcher said.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013
Essendon coach James Hird says veteran full back Dustin Fletcher is still undecided on whether to play on in 2014.

"Dustin will keep playing and make his decision as he goes along this year. We're putting him under no pressure to make that decision," Hird said.

"I think it is Dustin's decision and he'll make the right decision for him and the club. I'm not sure what that is and I don't think he knows what that is right at the moment."

Saturday, 4 May 2013
Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher could become just the third player to reach 400 AFL-VFL games, according to his father, Ken.

"If he doesn't get injured and he keeps keen I honestly believe he could make 400 and be the third one ever,'' Ken Fletcher said.

"Whether or not he wants to do it, that's up to Dustin. If he's still getting a game and he's worthy of a game, I think he should play until he drops.''

Sunday, 14 October 2012
Dustiin Fletcher will play on for a 21st season after the veteran signed a one-year contract extension with Essendon.

"I'm still really enjoying my footy and I think that was the key to playing on next season," Fletcher said.

"To come in and work with 40 blokes who are all mates of mine and all love their footy, you couldn't ask for a better job.

"The old body feels good, I've still got a bit of pace and I'm sure Hirdy will go easy on me at training."

Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Dustin Fletcher reveals he is a strong chance of continuing his astonishing career in 2013.

"Once you get over 30 you need to sit down at the end of the year and I'll have a good chat with 'Hirdy', but I'm pretty positive," Fletcher said.

"I think I've got another one in me, but time will tell in the next four or five weeks.

"I'm pretty confident mentally and confident physically that I can go again and try to help get Essendon up the ladder and have a chance to have another crack at it."

Saturday, 14 April 2012
Dustin Fletcher celebrates his 350th game with a win against Gold Coast, an effort that Essendon coach James Hird has called "freaky".

"He is a freak", Essendon coach James Hird said.

"He reads the play so well and he's got good speed He's been doing it for 350 games and hopefully he's got another 50 left in him."

Monday, 6 February 2012
Dustin Fletcher is preparing for his life after retirement by taking up a coaching role with the Bombers this season.

'The thing I will concentrate on is playing footy, that's not going to change, and now my down time will go into the coaching side of footy," Fletcher told the Herald Sun.

''Hirdy wants me to be more vocal on the ground and give more direction and he wanted me to help in football direction."

Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Dustin Fletcher has been ruled out of the upcoming International Rules series after failing to overcome an ankle complaint.

"Dustin is a big loss. He's one we relied on, but his ankle is a bit sore," Australia's coach Rodney Eade said.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Essendon defender Dustin Fletcher credits his enjoyment of the game as the major factor behind his longevity as he enters his 19th AFL season.

"Being in the backline, it's not like being an on-baller, when you're in the fray 90% of the time, and I'm not a centre-half forward, who's in the game a lot more, but mentally I still enjoy it," Fletcher told SEN Radio.

"That's probably the key, and I've kept my pace, that's probably another one. I keep enjoying it so I just keep going."

Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Essendon coach Matthew Knights says he has tough decisions to make over the future of veterans Matthew Lloyd, Scott Lucas and Dustin Fletcher.

"I am going to sit down with all of the three veterans at the end of the year. They are all pretty professional mature guys. We will leave it to them," Knights said.

"Those guys will have a big say, and virtually all the say, as to what they want to do. They have earned that right because they are champions of the Essendon footy club."

Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Young Essendon defender Tayte Pears will get first crack at Blues' full forward Brendan Fevola on Friday night.

Essendon assistant coach Alan Richardson said the Bombers would resist the temptation to start with the more experienced Dustin Fletcher on the dangerous forward.

"Fletcher will certainly get his opportunity to play on Fev. Tayte Pears will be the one early. He will get first crack and he has been in terrific form so he will get first go," Richardson said.

"The way Fletcher plays, it will be more a team defence than perhaps a one-on-one defence. We hope we can get that structure right."

Monday, 15 June 2009
Essendon is set to welcome three key players back for Friday night's match with Melbourne.

Key defender Dustin Fletcher and onballers Andrew Welsh are almost certain to line-up, while speedster Jason Winderlich will be named depending on how he recovers from training today.

Sunday, 14 June 2009
Experienced defender Dustin Fletcher is likely to be rushed straight back to senior footy after recovering from a leg injury to help arrest Essendon's slide following two losses in a row for the Bombers.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
Essendon is considering sending forward Scott Lucas down back to replace Dustin Fletcher.
Dustin Fletcher will only miss 3-4 weeks after scans revealed his foot injury wasn't as severe as first thought.
Saturday, 2 May 2009
Dustin Fletcher has a break in his left leg and may miss two months of football.
Essendon could not give veteran defender Dustin Fletcher a reason to celebrate his 300th match last night after being thumped by the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba by 43 points.
Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Last of the Baby Bombers, Dustin Fletcher, feels there is enough zip left to carry him through 2010.

"Last year I came into the season a bit sore. This year I probably haven't done as much of the training as the other guys, but I'm feeling pretty good. I daresay next year I'll go again, and anything after that you just wait and see. At this stage the body is feeling good, touch wood, and I think I've kept my speed, which is one of the main assets. I think I've still got a bit of a role to play," Fletcher said.

Monday, 2 March 2009
Bombers coach Matthew Knights has confirmed Dustin Fletcher and Andrew Lovett won't face the Pies in the NAB Cup semi-final this weekend.
Thursday, 3 July 2008
Veteran Bombers Scott Lucas and Dustin Fletcher sign one-year deals with Essendon, likely to keep them at the club till the end of their careers.

"This is really good news for us. Between Scott and Dustin, they have over 500 games of AFL experience. Both are best-and-fairest winners, both are premiership players and they are very important to this club.", chief operating officer Travis Auld said.

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