DOB: 25 May 1962
From: Old Melburnians
Number: 28 1982-1987
Games: 53 (total 58)
Goals: 64 (total 67)
The son of Ted Cordner kicked 111 goals for the season in the 1981 Under 19's side, including 12 against Hawthorn in the Semi Final, and won a premiership before graduating to the seniors the next year.
His debut season was ruined by injury, and he was demoted to the supplementary list a month into the year. Knee surgery eventually ended his year on three senior matches. Cordner returned but continued to be a regular on the injury list across 1983 before finally playing a breakout season in 1984 where he booted 32 goals in 17 games.
Despite a career high seven goals in the Round 1, 1985 victory over Fitzroy, Cordner failed to kick a goal between round 9 and round 20 that year and Ron Barassi experimented with him as a defender later in the season.
Cordner played one game in 1987 before being dropped, and had his jaw broken in a Reserves game. He didn't play another match for the season and crossed to Sydney in 1988 as a replacement for Warwick Capper who had just defected to the Brisbane Bears. They paid $60,000 to beat out offers from Footscray and Geelong, but Cordner's stay was not successful as he kicked just three goals in five games before ending his VFL career.
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