Colin Sylvia - AFL Career

AFL Career

The highly rated Sylvia was taken with the third selection in the 2003 AFL Draft by the Melbourne Demons, but was held back in his debut season due to a groin injury. He managed just three senior games for the year. The 2005 season saw Sylvia play 16 senior games and earn a Rising Star nomination. His season was cut short due to a shoulder dislocation while playing for the Demons' VFL affiliate, the Sandringham Zebras.

Sylvia entered the 2006 season coming off solid form in the pre-season, and was regarded as one of the most talented young players in the league.

Heading into the finals, many Demon fans had been disappointed with Sylvia's progress throughout the 2006 regular season, although he has shown, in glimpses, that he can become a topline player in time, however the Demons have selected him sporadically in the senior side, appearing to be unsure as to what position he should play. His lack of height makes him unsuitable for a key position, though he is a strong overhead mark, yet he does not excel in the midfield. Sylvia has been used by the Demons at times in both defence and attack with mixed results.

In Round 14 2008 Sylvia kicked a career best four goals in Melbourne's thrilling one point win over the Brisbane Lions.

However, Sylvia has courted controversy with his off-field behaviour, which resulted in a one-match ban and a $5000 in March 2008 after breaking a 1 am curfew and failing to turn up to a compulsory recovery session.

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