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Christian Salem

Image DOB: 15 July 1995

Debut: Round 6, 2014 against Sydney at MCG

From: Hampton Rovers/Brighton Grammar/Sandringham Dragons, Selection #9, 2013 National Draft

Number: 3 (2014-)

Honours:
Premiership player - 2021

Games: 130* (to end 2021)
Goals: 24*
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
6616350.76

Statistical categories led:
Most uncontested possessions in a season: 418 (2021)

Initially picked as a midfielder with Melbourne's first selection in the 2013 Draft, Salem was eased into his rookie season as the starting substitute in five of his 12 matches for the year. He showed promise at times, and the highlight of his rookie year was kicking the winning goal in the Round 13 match against Essendon with 19 seconds left in the game.

His conversion into a running defender into 2015 was proving successful when a serious hamstring injury suffered in Round 7 derailed his season, and he didn't return to the senior side until Round 21. He continued playing as a defender in 2016 but suffered issues with a thyroid illness and was restricted to eight games.

Salem had a more productive year in 2017, playing 16 games but also falling victim to a mid-season suspension and form issues late in the year. He recovered to play 24 of 25 games in 2018 as a vital part of the Melbourne defence. He was again a regular in 2019, beginning with the year with a career best 32 disposals in Round 1, and playing a integral part in the first half of the season before issues with concussion kept him out for two matches. Signed a two year contract extension in March 2019.

In 2020 he was a constant presence in the club's defence, playing all but two games for the year. In 2021 he only missed one match on the way to playing in a premiership.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
2014 1260
2015 1010
2016 810
2017 1653
2018 2462
2019 2000
2020 1620
2021 2431

Tribunal record

RoundChargeSanction
Round 5, 2016 Melee $1500 fine
Round 9, 2017 Striking 1 game

Lists
9 point goals
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Media
melbournefc.com.au - 08/03/2019

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Created by supermercado. Last Modification: Friday 01 October 2021 00:37:39 AEST by Supermercado. (Version 35)

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