Season by Season
• While the hard working big man’s season was down on his Merrett-Murray winning 2015 season, he continued to impress throughout the year despite a number of injuries and setbacks including a head knock that made global headlines in Round 4 against the Gold Coast Suns.
• Martin surprised with a return the very next week. He amassed a career-high 51 hit outs in Round 7 against Port Adelaide, and averaged 16.8 disposals, 7.5 kicks and 27.9 hit outs across the season.
• Stefan Martin claimed the Alastair Lynch Trophy for 3rd place at this year’s Club Champion.
Season By Season
• A winner of this year’s Merrett-Murray Medal, Martin has been regarded as one of the League’s best big men over the past 12 months, averaging 32.5 hit outs and 21 disposals from 20 matches in 2015 (missing two games due to suspension).
• The league’s most outstanding ruckman in Round 23, Martin was dominant both at stoppages and around the ground with 50 hit-outs and 32 possessions.
• He had an equal team-high eight clearances and seven inside 50s in a complete performance.
• Martin's consistency across the year (playing for the majority of the season as the Lions’ sole ruckman) has earned Martin the respect of the Club and fans alike.
Season by Season
• Martin's injury concerns continued through his second pre-season with the Lions, with a combination of hamstring and back complaints keeping him on the sidelines until midway through the year.
• He eventually made his return through the Lions Reserves in Round 8, and showed promising signs in each of his two NEAFL matches before being thrust back into the senior team following a season-ending injury to ruckman Trent West.
• With both West and Matthew Leuenberger out for an extended period, Martin was left to play a lone hand in the ruck, and seemed to relish the responsibility.
• Far from simply being a stop-gap in the ruck, Martin went on to be one of the Lions' best performers in the second half of the season, producing career-best figures almost every weekend.
• Martin's impact was such that his name was even being thrown around in All Australian discussions, with his stats more than matching up against the best in the competition.
• He was ultimately overlooked in the All Australian squad (not surprising considering he only played half the season), but earned the first Brownlow Medal votes of his career.
• He went on to finish 11th overall in the Merrett-Murray Medal, but ranked second behind eventual winner Tom Rockliff in terms of votes per game with 85 votes from his 12 outings (an average of seven per game).
• With his career seemingly at the crossroads early in the season, Martin's incredible form was duly rewarded with a new contract that tied him to the Lions until at least the end of 2016.
• Martin's first season at the Lions started positively, with the big man playing a key role in the team's NAB Cup premiership side.
• Playing in tandem with first-choice ruckman Matthew Leuenberger, he booted goals in each of his first three regular season games with the Club, before injuring his ankle early in the Round 4 clash against North Melbourne.
• The ankle injury kept him on the sidelines for 10 weeks, before he was eased back through the NEAFL.
• He eventually earned a senior recall for the team's Round 20 clash against Richmond at the MCG, however suffered a hamstring strain that would effectively end his campaign.
• 2013 could probably best be described as a 'season of frustration' for Martin, who was limited to just five senior games with his new Club due to injury.