DOB: 30 March 1966
Number: 12 (1987-1999)
Captain - 1998 - 1999
Best and Fairest - 1993, 1998
Grand Final team - 1988
Night Premiership player - 1987, 1989
All Australian - 1998
South Australia state player - 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999
Australian International Rules team - 1998, 1999
Life Member - 1996
MFC Hall of Fame - 2008
Statistical categories led
Most games in jumper 12
A decorated junior tennis player, Viney decided on a football career instead of tennis at 18 after having abandoned the sport as a 13-year-old to concentrate on his tennis career. He'd risen to the number two junior player in Australia, and urban myth falsely claims that Viney beat Boris Becker in a junior tennis tournament. After deciding to give the game away on a trip to Europe, he returned to Australia on a Friday, and after a five year break from the game walked straight into an Under 19s match the next day. The next year he was in the SANFL seniors and was soon signed by the Demons. Both Melbourne and Essendon had been after him since he was named the 1985 SA Rookie of the Year.
The tough as nails midfielder arrived in Victoria for the 1987 season on a two year contract, and the start of his career coincided with Melbourne's return to the finals. He impressed so much that as a 21-year-old Viney was elevated to vice-captain for 1988 despite missing nine weeks during his rookie year with a knee injury.
Having been out of form towards the end of 1988, and dropped for the Preliminary Final after not registering a stat in the Semi Final, Viney was handed a reprieve when Steve O'Dwyer was suspended for the Grand Final. He got just five touches on the day but most of his teammates had a dirty day in the big loss as well.
1989 was a disappointing year for Viney, he lost his Deputy Vice Captain role to Garry Lyon and only played nine games after suffering two hamstring injuries. He was back as a regular the next year until he suffered a season ending knee injury in Round 18, 1990. He played 24 games in 1991, including both finals, and picked up seven Brownlow votes, but was involved in our of the biggest controversies of the year after Eagle Chris Lewis was suspended for biting him in the Round 16 match at the MCG.
1993 was a career year for Viney, playing 20 games and winning his first Best and Fairest award. 1994 was another great year for Todd and he played 25 of 26 matches as the side went all the way to a Preliminary Final.
Viney missed the last three games of 1995 with a broken arm, and for a time the next year it seemed it would be the end of his career. Shortly before the 1996 season he briefly retired to join the coaching staff for Mark Phillipousis on a salary of more than $200,000 a year, but the arrangement didn't work out and he was back for the Demons round 2 clash with Collingwood. At the end of that year Melbourne floated his name as a potential trade to the new Port Adelaide team, but the deal was never done and Viney stayed a Demon.
The side crashed to the bottom of the ladder in 1997, but after being appointed captain for 1998 Viney had a magnificent year as leader in a team that shot to the finals - ultimately ending just one match away from the Grand Final. Before Round 20, 1999 Viney announced that he would retire at the end of the season. He had suffered sciatic nerve problems which had affected his hamstrings, and he'd required a mid-season epidural to get him through the end of the year. A degenerative knee condition troubled him as well.
Turning back an offer to become an assistant at Adelaide, Viney joined Melbourne as a midfield coach in 2000 and sat on the match committee while also doing time as a Channel Seven analyst on the Game Day program. He didn't continue in the role in 2001.
After coaching Moama in 2003, Viney was recruited by former teammate Alastair Clarkson to be an assistant at Hawthorn in 2005. He worked with the Hawks during their 2008 Premiership season before moving to Adelaide in 2009. At the end of the 2010 season Viney returned to the club as the Demons General Manager of Player Development, filling in as coach after the sacking of Dean Bailey. In 2012 he was named National Recruiting Manager.
Viney's brother Jay briefly played for the Demons in the early 90's. The youngest brother Ryan trained with the Demons at the end of the 2000 season but was not drafted. His son Jack announced in November 2010 that he would sign with the Demons at the 2012 national draft, and later became club captain.
|Round 3, 1995||Striking||2 matches|
|Round 19, 1996||Striking||1 match|
|Round 6, 1997||Wrestling||1 match payment|
|Round 16, 1998||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 21, 1999||Melee||$1000 fine|
He stated upon his appointment that he wasn't interested in the role full time, but hinted after his first win as a coach against Gold Coast in Round 23 that he was considering putting himself forward for the job. A loss to Port Adelaide in Round 24 ended his claims for the top job and he finished his coaching career with one win from five games. In 2012 he was named General Manager of Player Personnel and Strategy, including recruiting duties. One of his first duties in the role was to draft his son Jack under the father/son rule.
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Riverine Herald - 07/10/2002
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