Travis Johnstone

17 July 1980 
1997 National AFL Draft No. 1 (Melbourne)
1998 AFL Debut
1998 AFL Rising Star Nominee
2002 3rd Best and Fairest (Melbourne)
2005 Best and Fairest (Melbourne)
2005 Melbourne Most Consistent Player
2008 Traded from Melbourne to Brisbane
A standout junior at Chlesea via the Dandenong U18’s, Travis Johnstone was selected by Melbourne with the first selection in the 1997 draft. A prodigious talent with silky skills, Travis was always poised to dominate the competition in a midfield role.

Travis managed 13 games and an AFL Rising Star Nomination in his first year and is a polished footballer with great evasive skills and sublime finishing.

2002 was a great year for Travis, finishing third in the Best & Fairest Award and playing a vital role in the Demons finals campaign. Travis stepped up to a another level in 2005, winning Melbourne’s Best and Fairest award and cementing himself as one of the league’s top midfielders. He continued this form of 2005 through to the 2006 season and as a result was heavily tagged in his 22 games, yet he still managed a top 10 Best & Fairest finish.

Travis’ form throughout 2007 was indifferent and hampered mid-season by an achilles injury. He did, however, manage to average 19 possessions per game but at the same time was a down on efficiency.

Unfortunately for Melbourne, Travis and the club parted ways at the end of the 2007 season and he was promptly snapped up by the Brisbane Lions. Johnstone showed no signs of homesickness during his first season with the Lions, playing 18 senior matches and averaging 19.3 disposals and was rewarded for a consistent season with a top-ten finish in the Club Champion award.

Johnstone started 2009 like a house on fire with a best-on-ground performance in the Lions' Round 1 win against the Eagles. He collected 37 disposals; a personal best whilst at the Lions and kicked two goals. Johnstone played the final five matches for the Lions; including two Finals and remained a regular ball-winner throughout the season, averaging 20 touches per game. 

A highly regarded onballer with classy skills, Travis has become a valuable member of Brisbane’s midfield providing great attack and leadership.