Thursday, 24 September 2020
Following a disastrous
2020 campaign where the Kangaroos finished second-last on the ladder, North Melbourne begins a savage cull of its list with eleven players delisted.
Leadership group members Jamie Macmillan and Jasper Pittard are among them, while Majak Daw's incredible comeback from serious injuries sustained two years ago looks over.
Ben Jacobs, Paul Ahern, Mason Wood, Sam Durdin, Marley Williams, Joel Crocker, Lachie Hosie, and Tom Murphy round out the Kangaroos' delistings.
Wednesday, 20 February 2019
Sam Durdin suffers another
blow on the eve of a make-or-break season, with a finger injury suffered in a random home mishap expected to sideline him for up to 10 weeks.
A North spokesperson said Durdin had suffered a deep cut to his little finger when a knife he was using to open a packet of food slipped.
Monday, 16 July 2018
Sam Durdin will
miss the rest of the 2018 season after fracturing his right tibia in the VFL.
The 198cm backman suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Roos' 85-point loss to Richmond in their state league match at Beaconsfield.
"Durds has shown that, along with Ben, he is very much a key pillar for our club going forward in the backline," North football boss Cameron Joyce said.
"After he recovers, I have no doubt he'll return an even more capable and reliable defender in 2019 and beyond."
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Sam Durdin is taken off in the third term of North Melbourne's VFL clash with Richmond at Holm Park Recreation Reserve in Beaconsfield in what is feared to be a serious lower leg injury.
Thursday, 11 May 2017
Sam Durdinís impressive start to his make-or-break 2017 season has earned him a two-year contract extension at North Melbourne.
"My first two years weren't overly great in terms of progression, but Brad (Scott) and I had a fairly honest chat in our exit meeting at the end of last year and just spoke about how important it was to get in the right shape for the 2017 season," Durdin said.
"After that meeting I stayed in Melbourne over the off-season and worked with Ben Cunnington and our running coach. We just all stuck together and got a fair bit done, so I was able to come back in pretty good shape and have a good pre-season."
Thursday, 6 April 2017
Sam Durdin will become the 1000th Shinboner when he makes his North Melbourne debut in Hobart against Greater Western Sydney this week.
"From day one of the off-season last year, he's been determined to break through into our senior team," Kangaroos coach Brad Scott said of Durdin.
"He's had a magnificent pre-season, played some good pre-season footy, and it's a great honour to be the 1000th Shinboner to represent our club."
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Sam Durdin will undergo surgery to repair torn cartilage in his shoulder and will miss the rest of the season.
"Sam had been playing well in the VFL in the first half of the season and had put in some impressive performances against some AFL-listed players, playing either in defence or attack," North football director Geoff Walsh said.
"While Sam's 2015 (season) may be over, we're really confident he'll be able to make an impact in 2016.
"With a full pre-season under his belt we expect him to really push for senior selection."
Thursday, 29 January 2015
North Melbourne has extended first round draft pick Sam Durdin's contract before he has played a game, tying him to the club until the end of 2017.
"North Melbourne has been really great for me so far and I'm thrilled to have been offered another year," Durdin said.
"It's been a big step up coming from the SANFL, but I've really enjoyed it."
Tuesday, 2 December 2014
No.16 draft pick Sam Durdin says sees himself primarily as a key defender, but is happy to play wherever his new club North Melbourne wants him to.
"I see myself as a key-position player who's able to impact both in defence and up forward," Durdin said.
"It's up to the club what they need or want out of me. They'll probably concentrate on developing either my defending game or my forward game.
"I think I'm more comfortable down back as a defender, but it's up to the coaches and I'll work on whatever they want."
Friday, 28 November 2014
North Melbourne selects Sam Durdin with pick No.16 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.
"He's a contested mark player and is very athletic," Kangaroos recruiting manager Bryce Lewis said.
"We think he can play centre half-back, but equally forward. He had a bit of a disjointed year after breaking his thumb early on at training with the West Adelaide seniors.
"I think he only had two games back before he was thrust into the nationals, but he hit his straps late in the year, albeit with West Adelaide in the under-18s."
Wednesday, 5 November 2014
It took some time for draft prospect Sam Durdin to hit his straps in 2014. The South Australian entered the season with big expectations, and touted as a likely early pick at the NAB AFL Draft.
A broken thumb in February disrupted his progress, and he was out of action for three months, returning for West Adelaide in a Foxtel Cup fixture.
It was something that played on Durdin's mind during the under-18 championships, where he was used all over the ground but struggled to reach consistent form.
The mobile tall, who can play in the ruck and as a key forward but is best suited to defence, resumed for West Adelaide after the carnival and began to play with more confidence.
He finished the season in better form by winning the best-afield medal for West Adelaide in its under-18 Grand Final victory, having 48 hit-outs and taking nine marks.