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Staker's Fairytale

Reflecting on his career at the 2015 Club Champion, retiree Brent Staker said it was a fairytale.

5:38pm  Oct 8, 2015

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In part three of our player reviews we take a look at the season's of Hanley, Martin, West, Staker and Zorko.

9:30am  Oct 1, 2015

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196 cm
98 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: West Broken Hill (NSW)
Clubs: West Coast / Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 17 2003
Recruited from: NSW-ACT U18 / West Coast
Brownlow Votes: 1


Brent Staker is an athletic key position player who has the endurance to pinch-hit in the midfield. After playing 110 games and booting 84 goals for the West Coast Eagles, he headed East to resume his AFL career with the Brisbane Lions in 2009. Despite a wretched run with injury, he remains a valuable members of the Lions' side with his versatility enabling him to play at either end of the ground.


• Staker was recruited from the NSW-ACT U18s by the West Coast Eagles with their third round selection (pick number 37 overall) at the 2002 AFL National Draft.

• His second season at the Eagles produced 17 senior matches and he earned an AFL Rising Star nomination for his three goal performance against Melbourne in Round 7. 

• He was a member of West Coast's losing Grand Final side in 2005 but missed the Eagles' 2006 premiership triumph after he was dropped from the side after their Qualifying Final win.

• After managing just six matches in 2009, he was traded to the Lions together with Swans midfielder Amon Buchanan in a complex three-way deal that saw Bradd Dalziell head to West Coast and a number of swapped draft picks.

• Staker arrived at the Lions with valuable AFL experience having previously played 110 games and kicked 84 goals throughout his seven-year career with West Coast.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• Providing a wealth of experience to the group of young players, Staker was resigned for a further two years at the Lions, after a tough few years of injuries.  

• During the 2014 preseason, Staker faced another extended stint on the sidelines due to a problem with the tendon in his left calf that inserts into the back of his knee. 

• Due to the extensive recovery, Staker endured another career set back, missing the 2014 season.

• Staker looked set for a his return from consecutive knee reconstructions during the pre-season, before a minor operation to remove some cartilage set him back a few more weeks.  

• He finally made his long-awaited return with the Reserves in Round 5, and spent the next three matches in the NEAFL getting match-fit.

• He was called-up to the senior team in Round 8 against Essendon at Etihad Stadium, and played an important role in the Lions' massive upset of the then second-placed Bombers. In fact, it was Staker who iced the game in the dying minutes with a set shot from the boundary. It proved a fairytale return for the popular utility. 

• Staker maintained his place in the senior side for the rest of the season, playing a total of 15 matches and kicking 21 goals - the fourth most at the Club. 

• Playing predominantly as a lead-up forward, he handy foil for Jonathan Brown and provided the team with a marking target when the Co-Captain went down with a foot injury.

• Staker entered the 2012 season knowing that his year would hold a total focus on rehabilitation after suffering two ACL ruptures the year before.

• Staker set the example in the rehabilitation group amongst the younger injured players with his outstanding work ethic, positive attitude, and encouraging results.

• He also immersed himself in other areas of the Club, including a role as the Reserves’ forward line coach in the NEAFL under Reserves Coach Nathan Clarke.

• As his rehab progressed, Staker took on the role of game-day runner for the Reserves, which helped to maintain his fitness and conditioning while building a rapport, and sharing his experience with, the younger crop of Lions.

• He finished the season on track for a full pre-season in preparation for the 2013 season.

• Staker, who had fast become of the Club's most versatile players, suffered a disastrous start to 2011 when he ruptured his ACL early in the second half of the team's season-opener against Fremantle at the Gabba.

• Scans confirmed that the injury required a full knee reconstruction, but LARS surgery meant that he would miss just three months of football - rather than a full year.

• After a strict rehabilitation schedule, Staker finally returned to the senior team in Round 17 and immediately proved his worth in a variety of roles both in attack and down back.

• But during his 6th match back (against the Eagles at the Gabba), Staker once again ruptured his ACL and was forced from the field. Another full knee reconstruction was required - but this time he opted for traditional surgery which required a full 12-month recovery period.

• It was a devastating blow for the former Eagle, whose 2012 campaign was effectively over at the same time his 2011 season prematurely ended.

• Staker was the standout of the Lions’ mature recruits in 2010, providing a solid and consistent contribution across both the forward and back lines in all 22 games of the season.

• He debuted for Brisbane in round 1 against former team West Coast, and contributed 1 goal, 3 behinds and 12 disposals to help lead the Lions to victory.

• Staker was a standout in the Lions’ round 10 win over Collingwood with a season-high 29 disposals, which earned him his first Brownlow Medal vote of his career.

• Staker also shone in the final game of the season against Sydney, where he did a superb job matched against Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes. The Lions went down 106-68.

• He finished the season with 10 goals, 55 tackles and an average of 17 disposals per game, and placed seventh in the Club Champion award with 25 votes.



By the numbers

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 160
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 4.7
    • Disposals 12.5
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.2
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 56.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 St Kilda Rd 17, 2008
Handballs 14 Melbourne Rd 18, 2010
Disposals 29 Collingwood Rd 10, 2010
Marks 12 Collingwood Rd 10, 2010
Hit-outs 3 Richmond Rd 13, 2010
Tackles 8 Western Bulldogs Rd 4, 2009
Goals 4 Western Bulldogs Rd 17, 2007
AFL Fantasy 120 Collingwood Rd 10, 2010

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL: 139 games, 98 goals


AFL Awards

AFL Rising Star Nomination

Club Awards

West Coast Grand Final Player

4th Lions Leading Goal-Kicker