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Austin injury free and thriving

An injury free season has previously eluded Austin but this season he is enjoying an uninterrupted run of football and his teammates are benefiting from it.

2:16pm  Aug 1, 2014

Austin elevated to senior list

The Western Bulldogs today elevated defender Mark Austin to the senior  list ahead of Sunday’s clash against Collingwood.

5:16pm  Jun 12, 2014

Austin continuing to grow

A look at defender Mark Austin's season in 2013, including key statistics and highlights.

1:56pm  Dec 2, 2013

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This or That? Mark Austin

10:30am  May 16, 2013

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195 cm
96 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs:
Clubs: Western Bulldogs, Carlton
Debut: Rd 22 2007 (Melbourne)
Recruited from: Carlton
Brownlow Votes: -

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Big Footy

Gifted a second chance on the Western Bulldogs rookie list, Mark Austin embraced the opportunity wholeheartedly. The athletic key defender has been plagued by injuries in the past but managed to string 18 games together over the past two seasons at the kennel. The South Australian initially spent six years on Carlton’s list after being drafted to the Blues in 2006 with their third round selection (pick 35).

Season by Season

Season in short:

The tall defender added seven AFL games to his career tally in his second year with the Bulldogs. Austin’s performances for Williamstown as a dour defender earned him a senior call-up between rounds five and seven, and again between rounds 20 and 23. 18 disposals, six marks and four inside 50s against former side Carlton in round 20 indicated that the backman has an attacking edge to his game and can also find the ball. The following week, lockdown efforts on Adelaide’s Tom Lynch and Lewis Johnstone demonstrated Austin’s versatility.

Stat that mattered:

Austin’s 18 disposals at 83.3% efficiency was the first of a string of career bests for the 24-year-old against Carlton in round 20. The defender bettered his previous record in inside 50s (four), rebound 50s (four), contested marks (three) and one percenters (five). Named among the best in six of his 15 performances at VFL level is also a credit to the athletic tall.

What they said:

“He is now starting to have that inner belief that he belongs at the level and can compete with the best. It is a credit to him to have the mental strength, the mental toughness, to come in and say ‘OK I am playing AFL footy but it is no different to VFL, I am going to play my role for the team’ and really buy into that.”

- Development Coach Ashley Hansen

Elevated to the senior list in lieu of Tom Williams - who was placed on the long term injury list - the key defender made his debut for the Bulldogs in Round four against Melbourne. Curtailing the influence of a number of powerhouse forwards in his eleven games, Season 2012 saw Austin grow in confidence and almost double his career game tally. In a cruel twist of fate the 23 year-old fractured his wrist in the Bulldogs clash with his old club Carlton in round 17, which ruled him out for the remainder of the season.

Season by Season

A 194cm and 95kg key position player who played 15 games with Carlton, including one last season, after making his debut in 2007. Takes a terrific contested mark and will add depth to the club’s tall stocks.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

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

2019 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 44
    • Kicks 4.7
    • Handballs 4.8
    • Disposals 9.5
    • Marks 2.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 37.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Carlton Rd 20, 2013
Handballs 12 Adelaide Crows Rd 21, 2013
Disposals 18 Carlton Rd 20, 2013
Marks 7 Gold Coast Suns Rd 8, 2012
Hit-outs 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 6, 2013
Tackles 5 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2009
Goals 1 North Melbourne Rd 7, 2013
AFL Fantasy 72 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2009

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


AFL Western Bulldogs: 11 games, 0 goals
AFL Carlton: 15 games, 1 goal