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Ben Keays

Age: 26yr 3mth    Games: 102     Born: February 23, 1997     Origin: Brisbane Reserves
Height: 186cm     Weight: 89kg     Position: Midfield, Forward
First Drafted: Round 2, Pick #24 2015 National Draft by Brisbane Lions
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #7 2019 Rookie Draft by Adelaide Crows
Supercoach Price: $369,000   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $621,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2024   AFL Player Contracts
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Ben Keays Biography

Wednesday, 4 May 2022
After being delisted by Brisbane in 2019, Ben Keays will complete a remarkable career revival when he captains Adelaide this weekend against Carlton in place of the injured Rory Sloane and Brodie Smith.

"He is probably the hardest worker we have got. In terms of total workload he is up there in-game, off-field, he does everything can. He is probably leading our B&F (best and fairest award), he has been consistent and been dominant. It's a just reward for him," Crows teammate Tom Doedee said of Keays.

Wednesday, 20 April 2022
Adelaide coach Matthew Nicks says the rest of the leadership group will share captaincy duties following skipper Rory Sloane's ACL injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season. The group includes Brodie Smith, Ben Keays, Reilly O'Brien and Tom Doedee.

"There's four guys there who are outstanding leaders in their own right and they will work through the rest of the year and make sure we have that leadership on-field," Nicks said.

Friday, 11 February 2022
Adelaide adds two new faces to its leadership group for 2022, namely Ben Keays and Reilly O'Brien. The two will serve under fourth-year skipper Rory Sloane along with Tom Doedee and Brodie Smith.

Matt Crouch will no longer be part of the group in 2022 following an injury-riddled 2021 in which he was unable to add to his 125-game career.

"We are blessed at this footy club to have a number of leaders within our playing group and the addition of both Reilly and Ben to the leadership group reflects the growth of our young team and the exciting direction we are heading," Crows coach Matthew Nicks said.

Thursday, 28 October 2021
Ben Keays signs a new two-year contract with Adelaide after another strong 2021 season where he averaged 28 disposals, five clearances, and six tackles to go with 12 goals.

"Ben arrived at the Club with the right attitude of wanting to work hard and earn his spot in the team and that's been evident in the football he has played," Adelaide list manager Justin Reid said.

"He has earnt the respect of his teammates and coaches which has been recognised in best-and-fairest voting in both seasons he's been with us and the improvement he has shown makes us excited for what's still to come."

Saturday, 3 July 2021
Ben Keays is having a career-best year in 2021, averaging 29 disposals while being a key component of the Crows' midfield.

"Getting a run of games and having the faith of the coaches can make a huge difference," he said.

"I haven't done anything out of the ordinary. I haven't worked harder. I'm the same bloke. Playing back in my natural position has helped a lot, being around the footy has helped, and my tank is a strength and I'm using that."

Saturday, 19 October 2019
Brisbane delist Ben Keays, Josh Walker and Ryan Bastinac.

"All three players have been dedicated contributors to our football club on and off the field over the last three to four years and we thank them for their contribution," Brisbane football boss David Noble said.

"As young men, they have all been a pleasure to have at our club where they have been well respected and liked by our playing group. It is always hard to let good people go and we would hope that Ryan, Ben and Josh get another opportunity through the delisted free agency mechanism."

Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Ben Keays signs a new deal that will tie him to the Brisbane Lions until the end of 2019.
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Ben Keays makes his AFL debut for Brisbane at the Gabba with 11 disposals (5 kicks and 6 handballs), 8 tackles and a goal in a 3-point loss to Sydney.
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Ben Keays will make his AFL debut as a Brisbane Lion against the Sydney Swans at the Gabba this week.

"It's been something I've been waiting for a long time," Keays said.

"I was battling it out in the reserves and we were having some tough losses, but I was just trying to do everything right and keep working hard and in the end I got the reward."

Tuesday, 24 November 2015
Brisbane select Ben Keays pick No.24 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.

"A competitive player, he can play inside and out, has been a strong performer for our NEAFL side and we're looking for him to play some senior football next year," Brisbane recruiting manager Stephen Conole said of Keays.

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