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Grant Birchall
#14   Hawthorn Hawks
Age: 30yr    Games: 245     Born: January 28, 1988    
Height: 193cm     Weight: 89kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #14 2005 National Draft by Hawthorn Hawks
Supercoach Price: $356,900   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $416,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2019   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Grant Birchall Biography

Thursday, 11 January 2018
Grant Birchall won't be running until at least the end of January after undergoing an arthroscope on his troublesome right knee.

"(There was) a bit of crappy stuff and a bit of swelling in the front of my knee, so I went and cleaned that up and I'm feeling pretty good at the moment," Birchal said.

"It will probably be a couple of weeks out, but I'm glad it's done now – it needed to be done – so I'm on a modified program, and hopefully all being well I will be able to run towards the end of the month."

Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Grant Birchall will undergo a posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction after failing to overcome persistent soreness in his knee.

It has been a wretched 2017 season for the 30-year-old who has managed just five games this year because of various ailments including a fractured jaw.

Friday, 7 July 2017
Grant Birchall's season could be over after he experienced swelling in his return from a posterior cruciate ligament injury.

"He's just had a little bit of swelling attached to that PCL that he hurt against Melbourne earlier in the year," Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"If that doesn't settle then he might be dusted for the year as well, but if it does then hopefully he'll only miss a week or two."

Tuesday, 9 May 2017
Grant Birchall’s luckless 2017 campaign has continued, with confirmation of a medial ligament strain that will keep him out for up to a month.

Birchall was only a few minutes into his first game since missing a month because of a fractured jaw when he landed awkwardly during a marking contest at the MCG.

Sunday, 2 April 2017
Grant Birchall will miss about a month after suffering a fractured jaw in Hawthorn's 24-point loss to Adelaide at the MCG.

Birchall received a stray elbow from Crows forward Tom Lynch early in the first quarter while competing for an aerial ball, but he managed to get through the full match.

"Grant had scans last night which unfortunately confirmed a fracture of the jaw," Hawks football manager Jason Burt said.

"He will have surgery today and we will have a better idea on his timeline for return following that. At this stage, it is likely to be somewhere between three to four weeks."

Thursday, 8 December 2016
Hawthorn keeps Grant Birchall off the free agency market, signing him to a two-year contract extension that keeps him at the club until the end of 2019.

"Grant is a really important player for us and a vital member of our backline," Hawthorn list manager Graham Wright list.

"He has been a part of this club for over 10 years now and we were really keen to retain him.

"We are really pleased that Grant has signed on for another two seasons and believe he has plenty of good footy ahead of him."

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Robbie Gray will be one of six AFL Players flying to take part in an innovative Gatorade testing program to improve player hydration.

Joining Gray will be Hawthorn's Luke Hodge and Grant Birchall, Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer, Geelong defender Harry Taylor, West Coast's best and fairest winner Andrew Gaff and Power assistant coach Matthew Nicks.

Saturday, 16 May 2015
Sam Mitchell reveals that Grant Birchall is one of his more vocal teammates on the field.

"Although you might meet him and think he's very quiet, there would be a lot of opposition players that might say otherwise. On the field, when he's playing his best footy, he's quite demanding and sets high standards for himself and his teammates," Mitchell said.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Grant Birchall will be sidelined for up to six weeks after damaging his medial ligament during a tackling drill at training.

Hawthorn remains confident the 27-year-old will be available for the latter part of the NAB Challenge.

Friday, 6 December 2013
Despite being contracted to the end of 2015, Grant Birchall re-signs with the Hawks for a further two years.

"I'm rapt to be able to sign up again," Birchall said.

"I think in the next couple of years we're going to be right up there and challenging again so it was a bit of a no-brainer in the end."

"Hawthorn gave me an opportunity at a young age so I just really want to repay them and continue to play some good footy."

Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Hawthorn's defence suffers another knee injury blow with All-Australian Grant Birchall to miss around six weeks after damaging his posterior cruciate ligament against West Coast.

"We've discovered that in the same incident where he hurt his calf, he also hurt the PCL in his knee when he hit the ground,'' coaching and development manager Chris Fagan said.

"Unfortunately that means he's going to be out for somewhere between four and six weeks, and it could even be longer, depending on how his rehabilitation progresses.''

Friday, 12 April 2013
Hawk defender Grant Birchall says he is getting used to life as a marked man after being tagged by opponents in the backline.

"I copped a little bit last year, but I feel as though I can handle it all right," Birchall said.

"It's tough, but you've just got to find a way and dig in."

Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Hawthorn inks new deal with Grant Birchall that keeps the defender at the club for three more seasons until the end of 2015.

"I think the club's heading in the right direction, and I'm really happy to sign on for another three years," Birchall said.

Thursday, 8 September 2011
Grant Birchall says he has learnt from a tough couple of years to rebound back into form in 2011.

"I guess the last couple of years have been a bit of a roadblock," he said.

"I've learnt from that. Learned it's a really tough game. It can be tough to get up every week. I think over the last couple of years, I've mentally gotten a bit stronger.

"Just focused on each week, on the moment - what I have to do there and then - not worry about selection of any other stuff I can't control."

Wednesday, 13 May 2009
Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall says injuries to key backmen have hurt the Hawks this year.

"Five of our defenders from the premiership team haven't played for the last couple of weeks. It is hard. You want some stability in your back six," Birchall said.

"We haven't really had that this year. In saying that, it gives some guys good opportunities. Tom Murphy has stepped up this week. Brendan Whitecross and Beau Dowler are starting to play regular footy across the backline and are getting some exposure. From that point of view it is a positive."

Thursday, 7 May 2009
Premiership backmen Grant Birchall, Stephen Gilham and Xavier Ellis are a chance to play for Hawthorn against Essendon.

"We are slowly getting some guys back," Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"We just need to make a decision post-training today whether we bring them back through Box Hill or whether we play them in the seniors straight up."

Tuesday, 14 April 2009
A fractured thumb will sideline Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall for at least three rounds.
Star Hawthorn defender Grant Birchall joins casualties from Sunday's win over North after scans reveal damage to his thumb that will keep him out of action for a month.
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Three fresh injuries to defenders Stephen Gilham (knee), Campbell Brown (ankle) and Grant Birchall (suspected hamstring) will force Hawthorn to begin their AFL premiership defence with a backline well short of a decent preparation.
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