DOB: 25 March 1976
Debut: Round 3, 1997 against Sydney at SCG
Last Game: Round 20, 1997 against West Coast at WACA
From: King Valley/Murray U18/Albury, Selection #3 1997 Pre-Season Draft
Number: 14 (1997)
'Juice' Newton missed selection in the 1997 National Draft, despite winning the Best and Fairest award in the Ovens & Murray League, where he had first played seniors aged 15. He was invited to train with the Demons after a tip-off from the uncle of then-assistant coach Greg Hutchison, who had seen him play in Albury. After impressing with his fitness over summer, Melbourne took him with their first pick in the Pre-Season Draft.
Newton debuted early in Melbourne's horror 1997 season, goalling with his first kick. He played 13 games before a season-ending injury in Round 20. He continued to be troubled by injury, missing all of 1998. He played Reserves in May, but Osteitis Pubis consistently flared, and he never played another senior game. He appeared in 1999 practice matches and kicked four goals in a Reserves game before a hernia operation cost him another month. On his return, Newton suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and was delisted at the end of 1999.
Newton later worked at the club in a number of administrative and coaching roles including seven years as media manager, and as ruck coach in 2008. He crossed to Hawthorn as ruck coach in 2009, also playing in an Ovens & Murray League premiership for Milawa that year. Later worked in the racing industry.
Goal with their first kick
Some sources show his first club as Whouroly. Age 19/02/1997 says he played for Whitfield.
Age - 19/02/1997
Age - 11/05/1999
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