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Cale Morton
Mortonc
DOB
18/1/1990
Height
191cm
Weight
78 kg
Junior club
Claremont/Lake Grace JFC
Arrived
Traded from Melbourne at the end of the 2012 season for a fifth-round pick (not used)
Number
Debut
Round 16 2013 vs Fremantle
(213th Eagles player)
Games
3
Goals
1
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
N/A
Last app.
Round 18 2013 vs Bulldogs
Departed
Delisted at the end of the 2013 season
Other clubs
Claremont (WAFL) 2007
Melbourne (AFL) 2008-2012
East Perth (WAFL) 2013
Perth (WAFL) 2014
Coburg (VFL) 2015
Diggers Rest (Riddell DFL) 2016-2018

The younger brother of Mitch and Jarryd, Cale Morton was a top-4 draft pick who never quite fulfilled his potential at Melbourne. West Coast gave him a season to show why he'd been such a highly-rated junior, but he could manage just three games.

Melbourne careerEdit

The Lake Grace product won the Larke Medal as the best player at the under-18s carnival in 2007. When West Coast acquired pick 3 in the Chris Judd trade, Morton would have come strongly into consideration. A complicating factor, however, was that his older brother Mitch had fallen out with the club and been traded to Richmond during the exchange period. (Interestingly, West Coast had obtained Mitch Morton as a father-son selection, before the AFL decided that his father Noel Morton's Claremont career did not qualify for the father-son rule, resulting in middle child Jarryd being selected by Hawthorn).

Ultimately West Coast selected Chris Masten with pick 3, and Cale Morton went to Melbourne at the following pick.

The youngest Morton showed a bit early in his Demons career, playing 40 games in his first two seasons and winning Melbourne's Best First Year Player in 2008. Unfortunately he tailed off after that, adding only 33 games in the following three seasons and spending time at Melbourne's VFL affiliate, Casey Scorpions.

At the end of the 2012 season, with his head possibly on the chopping block, he was traded to West Coast in return for a fifth-round pick. The Eagles had received the pick from Port Adelaide in return for Lewis Stevenson and, coincidentally, had originally been sent from Melbourne to Port for David Rodan.

West Coast careerEdit

Morton spent the majority of 2013 with East Perth under the new host-club arrangement, with West Coast trying to convert him into a running half back. His form for the Royals was patchy but enough to earn him a call-up late in the season. He came on a substitute on debut, and wore the green vest again in each of the next two matches. Morton's best effort came against Sydney, when he was subbed on at halftime and picked up 16 possessions and a goal.

After three weeks as the starting sub, Morton was sent back to East Perth. At the end of the season, he was delisted.

Post-AFL careerEdit

The three Morton brothers reunited at Perth in 2014. Cale returned to Victoria in 2015 to play for VFL side Coburg,[1] before switching to suburban club Diggers Rest in 2016.[2]

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2013 3 1 2 20 9 11 31 0 2 EP 20 10 5 246 107 136 382 29
Avg 0.3 6.7 3.0 3.7 10.3 0.0 0.7

NewsEdit

28/10/13: Dalziell, Morton delisted

ReferencesEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/C/Cale_Morton.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cale_Morton

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/1918

  1. Chris Cavanagh, Moreland Leader (10 February 2015), "Former Melbourne and West Coast midfielder Cale Morton signs on with VFL club Coburg for 2015": https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/north/sport/former-melbourne-and-west-coast-midfielder-cale-morton-signs-on-with-vfl-club-coburg-for-2015/news-story/63153eb747b15020b1121c00873c898a
  2. Adem Saban, Star Weekly (7 December 2015), "Burras sign AFL pair": http://www.starweekly.com.au/sports/rdfldiggers-2-4/