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Michael Wilson (Australian footballer)
|Date of birth||(1976-11-21) 21 November 1976|
|Original team(s)||Port Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||89 kg (196 lb)|
|1995–1996, 2003||Port Adelaide (SANFL)||42 (10)|
|1997–2008||Port Adelaide (AFL)||192 (51)|
|Representative team honours|
|1997||South Australia||1 (1)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2008.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Michael Robert Wilson (born 21 November 1976) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL) and the South Australian National Football League (SANFL)
Affectionately known as 'Wilbur', Wilson was one of the talented crop of youngsters making the transition from the SANFL to the national league as part of Port Adelaide's inaugural AFL squad in 1997. Playing primarily as an onballer Wilson immediately made an impression and took out the 1997 AFL Rising Star award as the league's best young prospect in his debut season. From 1998 onward, Wilson played primarily as a medium-sized defender rotating through the midfield on occasion.
With a pair of SANFL premiership medallions already in his keeping by age 19, Wilson was able to add the AFL equivalent in 2004, capping a brilliant individual season with a sturdy performance in Port Adelaide's first AFL flag win over the thrice reigning premiers, the Brisbane Lions. His high level of play was all the more remarkable given he had required a double shoulder reconstruction for some time.
Injury and retirement (2007–2008)
With a tremendous work ethic and a fearless disposition on the field, Wilson overcame both his shoulder problems and other serious injuries including two knee reconstructions to remain a vital part of the Power lineup a decade on.
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