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Rhys Palmer

Last played for Carlton Blues in 2017
Games: 123     Born: February 13, 1989     Origin: East Fremantle
Playing Height: 181cm     Playing Weight: 84kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #7 2007 National Draft by Fremantle Dockers
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Rhys Palmer Biography

Monday, 18 March 2019
Rhys Palmer has escaped head and spinal damage and is expected to make a full recovery, despite having lost his spleen and suffered liver damage, after his serious motorbike accident.

The crash came a day after Palmer was removed from the Gloucester Park races after a shoe was thrown on to the track.

In a Facebook post hours before the collision, Palmer explained his perspective of the situation.

"Firstly, let me be clear, no shoe was deliberately thrown at a horse during any race, and I have the utmost respect for the racing community and all those involved," Palmer wrote.

"It was simply unfortunate timing. I was having a light-hearted wrestle with a young teammate, oblivious to what was happening around us.

"What transpired was a shoe being thrown, which, unbeknown to us, was unfortunately at the same time the horses had made their way around the course."

Sunday, 17 March 2019
Rhys Palmer is in an induced coma at Royal Perth Hospital after a serious motorcycle accident.

Palmer underwent emergency surgery, including having his spleen removed, and is fighting for his life.

WAFL club Swan Districts, where Palmer is due to play this season, released a statement on his condition.

"The health and wellbeing of Rhys and his passenger is of utmost importance to the club. There is no consideration of anything else at this point in time," chief executive Jeff Dennis said.

"The thoughts of everyone at the club are with both of them and their families at this very difficult time."

Sunday, 17 June 2018
Rhys Palmer's posts a tweet via Twitter during the Blues' dismal first half against Fremantle with a none-too-subtle dig at his old club.

"Everyone talks about draft picks and developing youth but no one ever talks about culture...." Palmer, who played one game for Carlton last season before being delisted, tweeted.

Friday, 20 October 2017
Carlton delist Rhys Palmer.

"We thank Rhys for his contribution this season too, arriving from GWS as a hard-bodied midfielder who provided important experience for our young players. It's unfortunate that his body is not able to cope with the rigours of AFL anymore and we wish him well," Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said.

Carlton delist Rhys Palmer.

"We thank Rhys for his contribution this season too, arriving from GWS as a hard-bodied midfielder who provided important experience for our young players. It's unfortunate that his body is not able to cope with the rigours of AFL anymore and we wish him well," Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said.

Thursday, 20 October 2016
Carlton has landed three more Giants in a pair of last-minute trades.

The Blues bolstered their developing list by snaring Greater Western Sydney key defender Caleb Marchbank, small forward Jarrod Pickett and, in a separate deal, experienced mid-sized forward Rhys Palmer.

Remarkably, the Blues secured 122-gamer Palmer with round-eight draft pick No.135 in November's NAB AFL Draft.

The Blues claimed youngsters Marchbank and Pickett, along with the Giants' 2017 second-round selection, in exchange for picks No.45 and 58, and their 2017 first-round pick.

The major prize was promising backman Marchbank, the No.6 pick in the 2014 draft who played seven games in two seasons with the Giants.

The 19-year-old from Benalla played the opening two games this year but didn't return to AFL level due to ankle and shoulder injuries. His most recent game was in the NEAFL in round 16.

The lively Pickett, 20, is yet to make his AFL debut after two years at the Giants, and his 2016 season was ruined by a long-term foot injury.

Fellow West Australian Palmer, 27, lands at his third club, having played 53 games for Fremantle from 2008-11 and 69 games for the Giants.

Friday, 26 February 2016
Rhys Palmer celebrates a goal during the Giants' NAB Challenge match against the Bulldogs by planting a kiss on teammate's Stephen Coniglio's cheek.

"We're pretty close, it wasn't something that was premeditated. We probably got caught up in the moment a little bit," Palmer said.

"We sort of greet each other with a kiss every morning we see each other at the club, and that probably got taken into the game.

"There's a bit of European in both of us so I guess that's where we get in from."

Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Rhys Palmer signs a two-year contract extension to remain at the Giants until the end of 2017.

"I'm really settled here in Sydney," Palmer said.

"We have a great group of boys and I love where the club is heading, so I'm happy to re-sign for another two years.

"The club is in terrific shape, with a lot of good people involved and I'm looking forward to the future here and seeing how far we can go."

Tuesday, 28 April 2015
Rhys Palmer's career has stalled on 100 games due to s shoulder injury.

Palmer suffered the injury in the final quarter of the Giants' record-breaking 66-point win over Gold Coast at StarTrack Oval in Canberra on ANZAC Day.

The West Australian collided with Suns midfielder Dion Prestia and damaged the Sternoclavicular (SC) joint in his right shoulder.

Palmer will not require surgery but he will miss six games.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron has lauded Rhys Palmer's persistence ahead of Palmer's 100th game on Saturday against Gold Coast in Canberra.

"Every club will have those sort of players, whether it's through injury or deficiencies in their game that they have to overcome, and they do it by just their sheer effort," Cameron said.

"They're the sort of players who spiritually hold the group together, and Rhys Palmer is one of those players.

"The reason why Rhys Palmer gets picked every week is because he puts his head over the footy and he loves to play hard footy."

Wednesday, 22 October 2014
Coming off his best season as a Giant, Rhys Palmer hopes he can earn a new contract extension once, in his own words, the club's "superstars" have been secured.

"At the end of the day your footy does the talking for you and if you're playing good footy, you're going to get signed up," Palmer said.

"I just need to come back in good nick and hopefully that takes care of itself."

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
Rhys Palmer is facing a month on the sidelines after injuring his hamstring in the second quarter of the Giants' opening round game against Sydney.
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Rhys Palmer's season is over after opting to undergo surgery for an ongoing foot problem.

"Rhys has been struggling with this injury for a number of weeks, so we've made the decision to get his sesamoid (bone within a tendon) repaired," GWS head of sports science John Quinn said.

"He can't run at the moment so it's best to get it rectified now so he can be ready to resume full training with the rest of the squad for the pre-season."

Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Rhys Palmer's management has announced the Fremantle midfielder's intention to play with GWS in 2012.

"It was the hardest decision that I have ever had to make," Palmer said.

"The relationship with my mates and the staff at Fremantle is very strong. However, the opportunity to play in the midfield that is being given to me at GWS is what I trained for all through my football career."

Saturday, 19 March 2011
Fremantle midfielder Rhys Palmer has denied speculation he has signed with Greater Western Sydney for the 2012 season.

"He certainly hasn't signed to GWS and I certainly haven't signed him to GWS," Palmer's manager Colin Young said.

"It'd be ridiculous for Rhys to sit down with Fremantle or have GWS put down one of those monster offers that everyone's talking about, because he needs to put the score on the board early this season - in the first eight to 10 games - to get his worth back up in the AFL."

Thursday, 29 April 2010
Fremantle coach Mark Harvey won't be drawn on whether Rhys Palmer will come into the side this week after the young midfielder starred in the WAFL since returning from injury.

"You have to be spot on and sharp when you come back into this game because you can't carry guys that are coming back from injury," Harvey said.

"Rhys is a terrific player, he plays with a lot of pride, so it will be hotly debated at selection."

Friday, 19 March 2010
Fremantle midfiielder Rhys Palmer is confident he can recapture the running skills that helped him win the 2008 NAB AFL Rising Star after having to undergo a knee reconstruction last year.

"I guess this week we'll get a gauge on where that's at, but I'm pretty confident it'll be back up to scratch, if not even better," Palmer said.

"It's hard to judge when you're running circles around an oval or running 150s. (But) I've done all the training and I've ticked all the boxes. I'm feeling good as well and I'm really confident in the knee and the body. I think I'm ready to go."

Tuesday, 1 September 2009
Fremantle has re-signed Rhys Palmer, Dean Solomon, Kepler Bradley, Tim Ruffles and Ryan Crowley.

"Rhys is the reigning NAB AFL Rising Star and an important part of our long-term future. We are delighted that he has committed to Fremantle through to the end of 2011," General manager of player management Brad Lloyd said.

"Following his surgery earlier in the season, Rhys has been working very diligently on his rehabilitation and we are really looking forward to having him back out on the field next season."

Monday, 27 April 2009
Fremantle young gun Rhys Palmer will miss the rest of the AFL season after damaging the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the Dockers' clash with Sydney.

"It was initially thought that Palmer had avoided any major damage but the extent of the injury was unable to be determined at the time because it was not a complete tear of the ACL," football operations manager Chris Bond said.

"It is very disappointing for Rhys and the club.

"But we are very confident that after the appropriate period of recovery and rehabilitation, Rhys will be back playing the brand of football we know he is capable of."

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