DOB: 5 February 1957
From: New Norfolk/Richmond
Number: 12 1979-1982
Games: 44 (118 total)
Goals: 18 (39 total)
A Richmond premiership player in his first season, Clayton was cleared to Melbourne six weeks into the 1979 season. The Tigers let him go as they thought a chronic thigh injury that kept him out for all of 1978 would hamper his career. Early in the 1979 season he contacted Melbourne administrator David Robb looking for a game, and was recruited on a three year contract to play across the half-back line. He also had offers from Footscray and South Melbourne, but chose the Demons, where he said he thought he could play finals that year.
Clayton appeared in 13 games in his first season with Melbourne, and was the club's representative in that year's Grand Final Sprint.
Clayton moved to Essendon the next year to play in a losing grand final in 1983. That season he famously stole Bruce Doull's headband.
He didn't play another VFL game after injuring his knee before the 1984 season.
|Round 2, 1980||Striking||Not Guilty|
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