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Jack Steele

Age: 28yr 6mth    Games: 171     Born: December 13, 1995     Origin: Belconnen
Height: 187cm     Weight: 90kg     Position: Midfield
Drafted: Round 2, Pick #24 2014 National Draft by GWS Giants
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Contract Status: UFA at the end of 2027   AFL Player Contracts
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Jack Steele Biography

Friday, 28 January 2022
Jack Steele will be the sole skipper of St Kilda in 2022 after sharing the captaincy duties with Jarryn Geary in 2021.

Geary stepped down as co-captain last week but will remain in St Kilda's leadership group alongside Callum Wilkie, with Tim Membrey and Dougal Howard to serve as co-vice-captains.

Friday, 17 December 2021
Jack Steele signs new five-year contract extension to remain at St Kilda until the end of 2027.

"Pulling on the red, white and black is a privilege I have never taken for granted, and I'm incredibly fortunate to be able to do so for the next five years," Steele said.

Friday, 17 September 2021
Jack Steele is the runaway winner of St Kilda's best and fairest award for 2022, claiming back-to-back Trevor Barker Awards.

Steele's 234 votes secured a runaway victory in the Saints' best and fairest held online, ahead of Jack Sinclair (155) and Tim Membrey (136).

Friday, 12 February 2021
St Kilda will have co-captains in 2021 with Jack Steele joining incumbent leader Jarryn Geary as skippers of the club.

"To have 'Gears' alongside me is also really special. He's really taken me under his wing, and I've learned so much from him since joining the club. His leadership is second to none, not just his voice on-field, but also how he rallies the group off it," Steele said.

Defender Dougal Howard has also been fast-tracked straight into the seven-man leadership group as vice-captain alongside Tim Membrey.

Callum Wilkie is a first-time inductee and joins last year's members Seb Ross and Jack Billings.

Sunday, 11 October 2020
Jack Steele wins the Trevor Barker Award as the Saints' best and fairest for the 2020 season.

Steele's honour follows him earning maiden AFL All-Australian honours and finishing top five in the AFL Players' Association MVP and AFL Coaches' Association Champion Player of the Year.

Steele was a clear winner on 207 votes, with recruits Dan Butler (second, 126 votes), Dougal Howard (third, 122), Zak Jones (sixth, 117) and Paddy Ryder (eighth, 107) featuring prominently.

Thursday, 3 September 2020
Jack Steele signs a new two-year deal with St Kilda to remain at the club until the end of 2022.

"As pleasing as Jack's performances in 2020 have been, his leadership and positive influence on his teammates have been equally as impressive. He's an incredibly competitive footballer, and also a very popular, humble and well-respected player off the field," Saints head of list management James Gallagher said.

"He has all the character attributes that we value at St Kilda, so we anticipate a great future for Jack, alongside the emerging group of younger players that have become the core of our senior team this year."

Monday, 24 August 2020
Collingwood will be without star midfielder Steele Sidebottom for the next four games when he leaves the Magpie's Queensland hub to be with his partner for the birth of their child.

"He's 95 per cent pumped to get back and be with his partner and to go through the next couple of weeks. He's five per cent bummed that he's missing what is the next couple of weeks of our campaign," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.

Tuesday, 15 October 2019
St Kilda lands Port Adelaide pair Dougal Howard, Paddy Ryder, pick 10 and a future fourth-round selection in exchange for selections 12 and 18 and a future third-round pick.

Howard's agent, David Trotter, of Hemisphere Management Group, confirmed his client had penned a five-year contract with St Kilda.

"It's great that we got the deal done. Port and St Kilda were both really good throughout the whole process," Trotter told AFL.com.au.

"'Dougs' loved his time at Port. The move to the Saints, who see him as a genuine key defender and are bringing him in in that role, really excites him with the young list.

"He's got a couple of good mates there in Jack Steele and Logan Austin who he's excited to be joining, and he's looking forward to hopefully, some more players coming in over the next 24 hours and building from there."

Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Seb Ross claims his second Trevor Barker Award as St Kilda's best and fairest for the 2019 AFL season.

On an emotion-filled night where the Saints honoured club legend Danny Frawley, Ross (170 votes) backed up his efforts from 2017 ahead of Rowan Marshall (152) and Jack Steele (151).

In his typically selfless manner, Ross also paid tribute to Frawley who formed a close bond with the vice-captain and his teammates as a specialist coach in 2016 and 2017.

"Tonight's not about me, I think the night and rightly so has to be about Danny and what he brought to the footy club and the whole footy fraternity," Ross said.

"He's extended his olive branch a long way and he's influenced so many lives and he'll be sorely missed by many of us and he'll leave an everlasting impression on all of us."

Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Steele Sidebottom admits he didn't perform at his best in Collingwood's Grand Final loss to West Coast.

"The Grand Final wasn't my best game but it's not the end of me, that's for sure. I'm confident in my ability no matter who I play against, and I'm confident that even if I'm not playing my best footy that I'll still be competitive," he said.

"It's obviously disappointing because Grand Finals are the games you most want to play well in, but I'll be fine. I'll just continue to keep things simple, and I'm looking forward to getting back out there and playing some good footy."

Saturday, 18 November 2017
Jack Steele says he knows where he needs to improve to consolidate his spot in the Saints' side in 2018.

"I want to increase my running capacity during a game," he said.

"I feel like I'm fit out here training but I don't really utilise that so much when it comes to a game, so that's going to be my focus. Just getting a lot more on the outside."

Thursday, 3 November 2016
Jack Steele plans to start running again over the next fortnight as he recovers from a foot injury.

"It (the foot) is going well. I've just started walking without the moon boot but it's feeling good and hopefully I'm running in a couple of weeks," Steele said.

"I'm going to do a bit of rehab before Christmas and maybe run over the Christmas break. Then when I get back after the break in January is when I?m into full training."

Friday, 14 October 2016
St Kilda secures Jack Steele from Greater Western Sydney in a swap for a future second-round pick in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft.

"We’re thrilled to have Jack join the Saints and with his ability to play both in the midfield and forward, we think he’ll strongly complement our young, emerging list while filling a key need," St Kilda chief operating officer Ameet Bains said.

"Jack’s had some strong performances and at only 20-years-old we think he has a lot of potential to continue to develop and be a quality player for the club."

Saturday, 8 October 2016
Jack Steele requests a trade from the Giants to St Kilda during the upcoming trade period.

“Jack has indicated he wants to join St Kilda and we believe he would be a great addition to our list,” St Kilda's chief operating officer Ameet Bains said.

“The club will work closely with both Greater Western Sydney and Jack’s management to ensure we can come to a suitable trade arrangement.”

Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Jack Steele is set for a delayed start to pre-season training as he continues to weigh up the possibility of a trade.

Steele suffered a season-ending foot injury at training in September and his manager Dave Trotter said it was still unclear how long he would be sidelined for.

The 20-year-old has been linked to St Kilda but wants to attend the Giants' best and fairest count on Friday before deciding where he plays his football in 2017.

"They've (the Giants) put no pressure on Jack and they're obviously keen for him to stay," Trotter said.

"They understand there's some significant interest and some decisions Jack needs to weigh up, and most of it revolves around opportunity."

Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Jack Steele is expected to be ready to go when pre-season starts after having surgery to repair his foot.

The 20-year-old missed out on playing in the Giants' NEAFL premiership after hurting his foot at training last Wednesday.

He had an operation to insert a pin in his foot and will begin his rehabilitation immediately.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Jack Steele could have played his last game for Greater Western Sydney after suffering a season-ending foot injury.

Steele was injured at the Giants' training session at Tom Wills Oval on Tuesday morning, and subsequent scans on his left foot have ruled him out for the remainder of 2016.

The 20-year-old will consult a specialist on Wednesday to work out a plan for his rehabilitation.

Steele hadn't played senior footy since fracturing his hand in the club's round 17 win over the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, but has been in outstanding form in the NEAFL, and gathered 41 possessions to help the reserves into Sunday's grand final against the Sydney Swans.

The Canberra boy, who has played 17 games in his two years at GWS, is out of contract at season's end and is in high demand with more than one Melbourne club.

Coach Leon Cameron said it was disappointing news for Steele, but he's hoping to see him in Giants' colours again next year and beyond.

"We're really excited with where he's heading, and he's absolutely a wanted player at our footy club," Cameron said.

"We're feeling for him at the moment because he was on the verge of possibly playing AFL footy this week, if not he was going to play in a grand final on Sunday."

Thursday, 28 July 2016
St Kilda has joined the race for promising Greater Western Sydney midfielder Jack Steele.

Steele has averaged 15 disposals in just his second year and looks a strong type who would complement the midfield at several clubs although the Giants are believed to be keen to retain him.

The 20-year old had also been linked in earlier reports to Richmond and Carlton.

Saturday, 20 June 2015
Jack Steele makes his AFL debut for GWS with 17 disposals (6 kicks and 11 handballs), 3 marks, 10 tackles and 2 hitouts in a 56-point loss to North Melbourne.
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
GWS coach Leon Cameron says Jack Steele will make his debut for the Giants in round 12 against North Melbourne this week.

"He's been playing some tough on-ball footy for probably six or eight weeks now," Cameron said.

"He's a real competitor so really wherever he lines up, it doesn't matter, you know he's going to put his head over the footy and tackle really hard and that's what we want to be known for."

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Giants draftee Jack Steele has already impressed co-captain Callan Ward with his work on the training track this pre-season.

"For an 18-year-old, he's been training the house down," Ward said of Steele.

"He's really, really strong. Around stoppages he's really good and he has really clean hands.

"He's a guy that has a really good future ahead of him."

Friday, 28 November 2014
GWS select Jack Steele from the GWS Academy with pick No.24 at the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

"Jack works really hard, has a good tank and has fitted in really well in his training so far," Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni said.

"He can play half-forward and midfield, so it's great to have another one of those types."

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