Wayne Carey joined the North Melbourne club as a 16 year old in 1987 after the Sydney Swans accepted a $10,000 transfer fee for his services. After starring in the North Melbourne Under 19s premiership side in 1988, Wayne made his debut with the North Melbourne senior side the following season. He burst onto the scene in 1990 and quickly built a reputation as an aggressive, big-marking and goal-kicking forward. He finished the year second in North Melbourne's Best and Fairest, making it clear that he was going to be one of the games greats.
In 1993, at the age of 21, Wayne Carey became the second youngest club captain in VFL/AFL history. He led the team to eight consecutive finals appearances including seven straight preliminary finals, three grand finals and two premierships, playing 244 games with North Melbourne, captaining the clubs 1996 and 1999 premiership sides, winning the North Melbourne best and fairest four times and being named in the All Australian side seven times, four times as captain. Wayne is also North Melboune's Team of the Century captain as well as a member of the North Melboune's Hall of Fame.
After a controversial end to his career at North Melbourne shortly before the 2002 AFL season, Carey rejoined the AFL playing the 2003 and 2004 seasons with the Adelaide Crows before retiring with a total of 272 games and 727 goals.
Life after football has been somewhat of a mixed bag for Wayne. He has stayed involved with football through work at Carlton, Collingwood and North Melbourne and in the media with Fox Footy, Channel 9 and 3AW but has also been in the news for the wrong reasons after having a number of issues including drug and alcohol issues.
In 2010 Wayne was inducted into the Australian Football Hall Of Fame.
Wayne wrote his autobiography The Truth Hurts in 2010. Widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever to play the game, his on field brilliance and off-field dramas make Wayne's one of the most interesting - and truly amazing - stories in Australian sport.
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