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Andrew McGrath
#1   Essendon Bombers
Age: 19yr 5mth    Games: 21     Born: June 2, 1998    
Height: 178cm     Weight: 78kg     Position: Defender, Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #1 2016 National Draft by Essendon Bombers
Supercoach Price: $329,000   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $374,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2018   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Andrew McGrath Biography

Monday, 13 November 2017
Andy McGrath is set for more time in the midfield in 2018 for Essendon.

"I played the last four or so games in the midfield last year, so I assume I'll move into the midfield development group and divisional group," McGrath told reporters.

"I'll do a lot of my craft and skill work with the mids and whether I play there round one, I'm not really sure yet, but we'll see."

Friday, 1 September 2017
Andrew McGrath is crowned the NAB AFL Rising Star winner for 2017.

"Everyone has their own story and all the Rising Star winners have their own story, but I'm keen to write my own one and wherever that takes me it takes me I guess," McGrath said after being awarded the Ron Evans Medal.

"I'll strive to be the best player I can be and that's all you can control. You can't look at how good all the players are before me, but I'll do my best to be the best player I can and wherever that leaves me it leaves me."

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Andrew McGrath is the round 4 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after gathering a career-high 28 disposals with a disposal efficiency of over 85 percent against the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Essendon will unveil its No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath in a round one blockbuster clash against Hawthorn at the MCG.

"We just want him to back himself in and believe in himself. Your first game is always a massive learning curve," Essendon coach John Worsfold said.

"We're not expecting him to be a game-breaker. We just want him to get out there and enjoy the experience."

Friday, 3 February 2017
Essendon will take a cautious approach with No.1 pick Andrew McGrath in his debut season, with coach John Worsfold mindful of the injury issues suffered by young star Jaeger O'Meara after a hectic start to his career.

"I'm conscious that as good as Jaeger O'Meara was in his first couple of years, maybe his body wasn't ready to cope with those sort of demands. He's struggled for a couple of years," Worsfold said.

"I've told [McGrath] that he's not out of selection for round one, but that I really want to make sure we're not overexposing him where at some point that the load will make him susceptible to a long-term injury."

Monday, 5 December 2016
Less than two weeks after being Essendon's first No.1 pick, Andrew McGrath has been handed the club's No.1 guernsey for 2017.

"On our lockers are the names of the past players who have worn the guernsey and a list of their achievements," McGrath said.

"It certainly gives you motivation before training and reminds you of the hard work you need to put in if you want to achieve the ultimate team success."

Friday, 25 November 2016
Essendon select Andrew McGrath with pick No.1 in the 2016 National Draft.

"He will be a great Essendon person. Im really confident that in the years to come hell be up there with a lot of the Essendon greats," Essendon list manager Adrian Dodoro said.

Hes just got that constitution about him, hes a winner. Everything he does is about winning, hes such a determined young man, hell give it his best shot and he wont let anyone down."

Mike Pyke says he will closely follow the career of fellow Canadian and No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath.

"Everything I've read about him points to him being a class act," Pyke said.

"I'm sure someone of his talent will attract a lot of interest back home."

Sunday, 9 October 2016
Possible No.1 draft pick Andrew McGrath believes he can fill a similar role to Jason Johannisen at AFL level, who he believes has brought the creative defender role back into vogue.

The versatile McGrath, who is one of up to five players vying to be the top pick in this year's NAB AFL Draft, can play at half-back or through the midfield, with his pace and decision-making notable assets.

"The emergence of Jason Johannisen has really helped me," McGrath said.

"Previously that dashing half-back hasn't really been a massive role, but this year there's been heaps of players go through there (for the Bulldogs).

"The Bulldogs have shown how important that role is. I've idolised him all year, and especially his Grand Final performance was just outstanding."

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