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Michael Werner
Personal information
Full name Michael Werner
Date of birth (1969-06-10) 10 June 1969 (age 53)
Original team(s) West Torrens
Draft No. 9, 1988 national draft
Height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb)
Position(s) Key forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1989–92 Essendon 40 (60)
1993–94 Sydney Swans 20 (20)
Total 60 (80)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1994.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Michael Werner (born 10 June 1969) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Essendon and the Sydney Swans in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Werner, who was from Canberra, started his career at Manuka-Weston after playing junior football with Eastlake. He spent the 1988 season in the SANFL as a full-forward with West Torrens and kicked 38 goals to finish as their leading goal kicker. In 1988 he also represented the ACT at the Adelaide Bicentennial Carnival.

Essendon then secured his services with pick nine in the 1988 VFL draft and he went on to spend the next four seasons as a key forward in the AFL. He kicked 27 goals in 1990 but missed that year's finals series where Essendon made the Grand Final. In 1991 he made just six senior appearances but notably kicked four goals in Essendon's Elimination Final loss to Melbourne.

At the end of the 1992 season, Werner was traded to Sydney. In his first game against his old club, and third for Sydney, Werner kicked a career best six goals.

He later played with Gisborne and kicked a record 173 goals in the 1997 Riddell District Football League season.[citation needed]

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