Sam is a professional Australian Rules footballer who has played over 100 games for North Melbourne in the AFL.
Sam studied Civil Engineering and Commerce at the University of Melbourne, going on to work as a civil engineer at McConnell Dowell Construction Company. During his studies and work Sam played for Box Hill in the VFL, until he was drafted by North Melbourne in 2012. During his 100 senior games with Box Hill he was Captain and Best and Fairest in 2011.
Sam retained a part-time role with the construction company during his first year at North Melbourne, only leaving in his second season. He was a member of the North Melbourne Leadership Group in 2014 – 2015.
Sam notes that his trajectory to the AFL was not a common one but his persistence paid off and he hasn’t missed a game since being selected at the age of 26.