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Taylor Garner

Last played for North Melbourne Kangaroos in 2021
Games: 49     Born: January 8, 1994     Origin: Dandenong Stingrays
Playing Height: 187cm     Playing Weight: 88kg     Position: Forward
Drafted: Round 1, Pick #15 2012 National Draft by North Melbourne Kangaroos
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Taylor Garner Biography

Thursday, 2 September 2021
North Melbourne delists Taylor Garner, Dom Tyson, Will Walker and Connor Menadue.
Friday, 11 September 2020
After another season ravaged by a hamstring injury, Taylor Garner will play his first senior game in 386 days when he steps out for the Kangaroos in round 17 against Fremantle at Metricon Stadium.

"You see it and you can't believe it. He's worked really hard to get back and I'm really excited to see what he can do on the weekend and I'm really proud about the way he's gone about it," Kangaroos coach Rhyce Shaw said.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Taylor Garner has been stood down for a further three games as police investigate the alleged incident at a Sydney nightspot that left another man with a broken nose.

Furthermore, he will donate $5000 to charity and will take part in full-time work outside the club for a month. During his ban, Garner will play and train with the VFL team.

Garner accepted the punishments, which were decided by interim coach Rhyce Shaw and the Roos' leadership group.

Thursday, 27 June 2019
Swans officials have cleared midfielder Isaac Heeney of any wrongdoing after it emerged he was at a Sydney nightspot last weekend when North Melbourne's Taylor Garner allegedly assaulted a man.

Garner, who was staying in the Harbour City with Swans onballer and former Kangas teammate Ryan Clarke while North had their mid-season bye, is alleged to have broken a man's nose at a popular pub in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Swans officials said in a statement that while Heeney witnessed the alleged scuffle, Clarke had already left by the time it occurred.

Sydney footy boss Charlie Gardiner said Heeney stopped the incident from escalating further and lent his assistance to the other man involved.

"Both Isaac and Ryan kept the club fully informed about what occurred over the weekend," Gardiner said.

"Isaac should be commended for diffusing the situation and offering support to the other party."

Wednesday, 26 June 2019
Taylor Garner has been stood down from North Melbourne's senior side for at least one week in light of his alleged incident at a Sydney nightspot.

It is alleged Garner was involved in an altercation last Saturday night at the Double Bay Hotel that left another man with a broken nose.

"We simply will not tolerate anyone who compromises team standards and expectations," Roos football manager Cameron Joyce said.

"Taylor knows he made some poor choices on the weekend and we will continue to work with him to ensure he bounces back a better person.

Monday, 24 June 2019
North Melbourne is investigating an alleged incident involving Kangaroos forward Taylor Garner in Sydney at the weekend.

It has been alleged that Garner was involved in an altercation in a Double Bay hotel that left another man with a broken nose.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Taylor Garner was all smiles after playing his first AFL game in 623 days when he lined up for the Kangaroos in their 58-point win over Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

Those familiar with the 25-year-old's story know a wretched injury run jam-packed with infuriating setbacks has effectively robbed him of an AFL career to date.

The dedicated group of North medicos who've been there with Garner every step of the way were also firmly in his thoughts after the 58-point win.

"I'm sure they're as proud as I am about playing out here again," Garner said.

"It's just as hard for them sometimes. If I get knocked down, they get knocked down a bit, too. I think the physios, medical staff and even the coaches are probably just as thrilled as I am."

Saturday, 26 May 2018
Taylor Garner's nightmare injury run continues, with the forward suffering hamstring tightness again in the VFL.

The No.15 pick in the 2012 draft has managed only 16 games in his first four seasons, in large part because of repeated hamstring setbacks, as well as shoulder, ankle, thumb and knee issues.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Taylor Garner's frustrating start to the season is set to extend for another fortnight.

The Kangaroos have elected to take an "ultra-cautious" approach to his recovery from a groin injury suffered at training on season eve.

"It's obviously frustrating for him and us, but we're very clear on our approach with him and need to ensure that he's given the best opportunity to have a sustained run when he does return," Kangaroos football boss Cameron Joyce said.

Thursday, 15 February 2018
Taylor Garner signs a two-year extension with the Kangaroos to remain at the club until the end of 2020.

"I haven't played that many games over the years, so it's good I've got that contract and hopefully I can string a few games (together) in the future," he said.

"I love North; I love the path we're going. I think we have a young, exciting group and hopefully there's a lot of success in the future."

Sunday, 19 November 2017
Taylor Garner is readying himself for his first proper pre-season after an 18-game campaign filled with promise, having finally escaped his curse of needing post-season surgery.

"My body's good confidence in my body is the main thing," he said.

"I have to be a bit careful at times not to get too excited, and I definitely have a different program to everyone else.

"I just have to know my body, and I think I've come to know that now and I'm going well."

Thursday, 11 August 2016
Taylor Garner's wretched run of injury has continued, with the North Melbourne forward set to undergo season-ending knee surgery.

"His hamstring issues have been well documented, but unfortunately for Taylor a cyst has developed at the back of his knee," North football director Geoff Walsh said.

"It has been inhibiting his ability to accelerate and reach top speeds.

"Attempts to treat him conservatively have been unsuccessful and the medical team has deemed it necessary for him to go in for an operation."

Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Taylor Garner has escaped major injury with a hamstring strain he suffered against Melbourne that is expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks.

"It's a pretty standard minor hamstring injury and the good news for Taylor is that he'll likely only be sidelined for a couple of weeks," North football chief Geoff Walsh said.

"Scans backed up our medical team's initial assessment that it was only a low-level strain.

"While he had a lengthy lay off in 2014 with hamstring-related issues, we are confident this latest injury is only a minor one."

Saturday, 2 April 2016
Taylor Garner re-signs with North Melbourne until the end of 2018.

"I'm pretty stoked that the club showed some faith (in me) after all the injuries that I've had," Garner said.

"I'd like to say (the injuries) are behind me now."

Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Taylor Garner has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured thumb he suffered while playing in the VFL.

The 21-year-old sustained the injury on Saturday for North Ballarat in its game against Geelong at Simonds Stadium, and comes just weeks after the first-round draft pick returned from a long injury spell.

"It's unfortunate for Taylor given the fact he'd just made a comeback from a lengthy stint on the sidelines with various hamstring and hip complications," Kangaroos football manager Geoff Walsh said.

"Despite the setback, he's in really good spirits and has remained upbeat and positive."

Friday, 1 August 2014
Taylor Garner's 2014 season is over before it started, with another hamstring injury ensuring the young forward will not play a game at any level during this year's home and away season.

Garner has been sidelined since suffering a left hamstring tendon injury in North's NAB Challenge game against Hawthorn in late February.

"He didn't do it as badly as he did it the first time, but certainly he disrupted some of the fibres and we just thought that given it's on the same leg, there's not much point in pushing him through and trying to get him up for the last week or two (of the season)," North Melbourne football director Geoff Walsh said.

"So we wouldn't expect him to play for the rest of the year. We'll just be rehabbing him and making sure it gets right for the (2015) pre-season.

"We just didn't want to take any chances. He's only a young player, we've got high hopes for him, so we'll hopefully have him set for a strong pre-season."

Thursday, 26 June 2014
North Melbourne has reaffirmed its faith in Taylor Garner despite his injury-plagued 2014 season, re-signing the exciting young forward to a new two-year deal.

"It's been a really frustrating year for me and I'm definitely sick of the inside of the gym and all the rehab," Garner said.

"All I want to be doing is playing football with the boys, but I have to get my fitness right first. It's a slow process and it's been pretty annoying to be honest.

"I saw this year as the chance for me to play more games obviously, but the injury has set me back a fair way.

"For the club to commit to me for another two years is great and gives me some confidence."

Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Taylor Garner is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines after scans revealed he injured his left hamstring tendon in a NAB Challenge match against Hawthorn.

"Taylor's injury is more to his hamstring tendon rather than the hamstring muscle," North Melbourne football director Geoff Walsh said.

"That means that the treatment will be a little different, but in terms of the time away from the game, we expect that he'll be able to resume full training within four weeks.

"He'll begin a specific rehab program designed for this type of injury in gradual steps from now until then, but because the tendon is involved it will take a little longer than normal."

Sunday, 11 August 2013
Taylor Garner makes his AFL debut for North Melbourne at Football Park with 1 disposals (a handball) in a 9-point loss to Adelaide.
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