DOB: 3 March 1964
From: North Launceston
Number: 15 1984-1986
Games: 32 (68 total)
Goals: 28 (57 total)
Recruited from the North Launceston thirds side, Withers played in the 1981 Under 19's premiership side and appeared in Reserves games wearing number 57. That year he played for Victoria in the Teal Cup despite having played for his home state a year earlier.
It took him until 1984 to break into the senior side in 1984 and he played five games in a row before a training mishap left him with pinched nerves and torn ligaments in his neck. He bounced back to play in that year's Reserves premiership side.
Sold to the Brisbane Bears for $50,000, Withers' first season in Queensland was affected by a broken wrist, but in 1988 he won their Best and Fairest award and was picked in the Victorian squad. Despite his success Withers then missed the entire 1989 season due to a serious calf injury, returning for 14 games in 1990.