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Sam Gibson
#43   North Melbourne Kangaroos
Age: 31yr 4mth    Games: 130     Born: May 27, 1986    
Height: 185cm     Weight: 83kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 4, Pick #76 2012 National Draft by North Melbourne Kangaroos
Supercoach Price: $421,300   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $474,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2017   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Sam Gibson Biography

Thursday, 19 October 2017
Sam Gibson is heading to Adelaide on a one-year deal to join the Crows in a surprise trade with the Kangaroos for pick 91.

"Having started his AFL career at 25 (after playing in the VFL with Box Hill), Sam is still relatively young in football terms," Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said.

"His professionalism and work ethic is well known around the competition and he will add flexibility to our midfield group."

Thursday, 12 October 2017
North Melbourne list manager Michael McMahon says midfielder Sam Gibson is a victim of the club's "aggressive" rebuild.

"Some people look upon it as being reasonably aggressive in delisting a player like Sam and that's probably right because he's been a terrific player he's played 130 games in a row, he's been a model of consistency," McMahon said.

"But at the same time we've got to be mindful of trying to build a bit for the future. We're mindful that having finished 15th we want to make every effort to make sure that we're evolving our list and unfortunately Sam is probably a casualty of that."

Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Sam Gibson is preparing to plead his case - face to face - with opposition clubs in a bid to prolong his late-starting AFL career.

"It still can be hard to fathom that you can be in the best 22 for 130 weeks, finish sixth in the best and fairest and not get a contract," Gibson said.

"It actually reminds me a lot of when I was 25 and I was hanging out for a draft and speaking with clubs. I was pretty driven then, without knowing what to expect.

"But I'm more driven now, because I've had a taste of it and I know I can compete at the level and it makes me all that more hungry to get excited about the next opportunity and hopefully I get one."

Friday, 6 October 2017
Sam Gibson's record of having the AFL's longest active consecutive games streak has come to an abrupt end after the midfielder was delisted by North Melbourne.

Gibson had not missed a game since debuting for North in round 12, 2012, against Gold Coast, and extended his unbroken streak to 130 games in the Roos' round 23 win over the Brisbane Lions.

The hard-running midfielder has been one of the Roos' most consistent performers in recent seasons, recording top-10 best and fairest finishes in four of the five full seasons he played: he finished ninth in 2013, seventh in 2014, third in 2016 and seventh this year.

"Sam is without question one of the most determined and dedicated players going around," Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said.

"His durability, leadership, strength of character and persistence has all helped create one of the truly great and inspirational football stories."

Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Scott Thompson, Jarrad Waite and Ben Jacobs are among seven North Melbourne players whose futures are unlikely to be decided until after this year's trade period.

Thompson (restricted free agent), Waite and Jacobs are set to come out of contract at the end of October, along with Sam Gibson, Aaron Mullett and second-year players Declan Mountford and Corey Wagner.

It's understood North has told some of these players it won't be able to inform them whether they will be offered contract extensions until after the trade period finishes on Thursday, October 19.

Friday, 7 October 2016
Robbie Tarrant caps off a career-best 2016 season with his maiden North Melbourne best and fairest award, winning the club's Syd Barker Medal count narrowly from vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Tarrant polled 263 votes to pip Ziebell by six votes, while hard-running midfielder Sam Gibson finished third on 234 votes.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Sam Gibson signs a one-year deal with North Melbourne to remain at the club in 2017.

"Sam's run and spread is as good as anyone's in the competition and his durability is another asset for us," North list manager Cameron Joyce said.

"We are rapt both players have recommitted for next season."

Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Sam Gibson suffers a broken nose and minor facial injuries in a gym accident.

"He's pretty sore at the moment," North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

"But the fortunate thing was it happened here, it happened with our club doctor here and he was sent to hospital just to rule out any facial fractures, which he's clear of."

Tuesday, 18 August 2015
Will Fordham signs a new one-year contract with North Melbourne.

Fordham says he models his game on Sam Gibson's and is aiming to dethrone the Roos' running man now that he has re-signed for 2016.

"I base my game really highly around 'Gibbo'. We've got the same sort of body type and the same sort of attributes he's a very fit bloke and he plays on a wing as well," Fordham said.

"He's been really good at looking over my shoulder and telling me what I'm doing right and what I'm doing wrong.

"I had a knee arthroscope before the draft so I missed out on the pre-season time trials, but I can't wait to take Gibbo on next pre-season."

Monday, 16 February 2015
Jamie Macmillan is promoted to North Melbourne's leadership group, replacing Daniel Wells who has stepped down.

Andrew Swallow will continue as captain, with Drew Petrie, Jack Ziebell, Nick Dal Santo, Scott Thompson and Sam Gibson set to resume their official leadership roles.

"Primarily what we're trying to build here, like every club, is a really broad range of leaders," Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said.

"We really feel that to give our emerging leaders a chance to come through we need to have succession plan in place."

Friday, 27 June 2014
Sam Gibson is one of football's most successful late bloomers and his unlikely AFL journey will continue for another two years, with the midfielder signing a new deal with North Melbourne.

Gibson had to wait until he was 26 to make his AFL debut, in round 12, 2012, against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.

But the former Box Hill Hawks captain grabbed that opportunity and ran with it.

"I'm really happy North Melbourne gave me a chance when not many other clubs really considered me," Gibson said.

"To have another few years and be a bit more settled now is really good.

"You look at what I was doing five years ago and how much things have changed now it's a big change and one I've welcomed."
Monday, 30 July 2012
North Melbourne's Sam Gibson made his AFL debut at the age of 26 in North Melbourne's round 12 victory over Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium and has played every game since.

"I think he's been outstanding," North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

"I've always had a lot of time for 'Gibbo'. I've got a lot of respect for the way he goes about things and the way his football journey's been a long and arduous one.

"But he's just an absolute credit to himself. We're rapt to have him at the club. He's a terrific role model. He's an outstanding professional and he's just a quality person.

Monday, 18 June 2012
After finally earning a taste of senior football on Saturday night, North Melbourne rookie Sam Gibson has no intention of letting go.

"That's the plan (to play more senior footy). I've waited this long for it so I don't plan on jumping out anytime soon." Gibson said after his debut against Gold Coast.

"[Coach Brad Scott] came to me during the week and said there was an opportunity to promote a rookie and it was going to be me. Now I just have to play my role every week".

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
North rookie Sam Gibson will debut on Saturday night after being elevated to the club's senior list at the age of 26.

"He's a really top quality individual, a great character and someone we think can really add to our side. He's an elite endurance athlete and we need some more run and spread through the midfield and we think he can give that to us," North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said.

"It's been a long time coming for Sam but it's a credit to his dedication and persistence."

Thursday, 5 January 2012
North Melbourne rookie Sam Gibson has had a perfect start to the New Year, taking out the club's first 2km time trial of 2012.

"He (Bastinac) went out pretty quick and it can be hard to find your place with 30 other guys running," Gibson said.

"You can get caught behind a few blokes, but I just stuck to my pace. I kept running as fast as I could and thankfully I got 'Basti' in the end."

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