A favourite son of the Werribee Football Club, Michael returned to Avalon Airport Oval in 2018 as a playing midfield coach after a highly successful 141-game AFL career with Fremantle and the Gold Coast.
Michael played 38 games across two seasons in his first stint at Chirnside Park, which culminated in a stellar 2009 campaign that saw him finish second in the J.J. Liston Trophy count and win both the Fothergill-Round Medal as the VFL’s most promising young player and the Bruce Montgomery Trophy.
He went on to be taken by the Dockers at the 2010 Rookie Draft and made an immediate impact, winning the Ross Glendinning Medal as best afield in the Western Derby that year before going on to be named the AFL Players’ Association’s Best First-Year Player.
Other career highlights from his nine seasons in the AFL include another two Glendinning Medals in 2013 and being named one of Fremantle’s best in its narrow 2013 Grand Final loss to Hawthorn.
In his first official coaching role, Michael will be responsible for leading the Werribee midfield group both on and off the field and will add valuable experience and a prolific ball-winning ability to the club’s engine room.