Sam Docherty Net Worth 2023, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Parents, Salary

Sam Docherty net worth

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Sam Docherty is an Australian professional rules footballer who plays for and is a former co-captain for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was recruited from the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup with the 12th selection in the 2011 AFL Draft.

Early life

NameSam Docherty
Net Worth$5 million
OccupationRules footballer
Age29 years
Sam Docherty net worth

Sam Docherty was born on October 17, 1993 (age 29 years) in Wonthaggi, Australia. He grew up on Phillip Island and was a supporter of the Carlton Football Club. Docherty learned the game through the Phillip Island Auskick program.

Docherty played all of his junior football for Phillip Island Bulldogs in the Alberton Football Netball League making his Senior debut as a 15-year-old in 2009 playing alongside his older brother Josh. He played 13 games and kicked 2 goals in his senior debut year plus was named the best player in 7 games.

In 2010 as a 16-year-old Docherty no longer played under-18 football for Phillip Island despite being picked for the Alberton Interleague team; he played 21 games for the Senior team and kicked 16 goals after his pre-season was hampered when he strained the quadratus lumberum muscle in his back, and as a result he missed selection in Gippsland Power’s TAC Cup squad as an underage player.

Sam Docherty played 16 games in 2011 for the Gippsland Power in the TAC Cup playing across the half-back line. Docherty used his run and carry skills for the Power off half back averaging 22 disposals a game plus ranked second in the entire competition in marks from opposition kicks and rebound 50s in the TAC Cup.

Docherty only played 1 game for Phillip Island in which he was named second best for the Bulldogs and his brother Josh was named best. Despite his form for Gippsland, Docherty missed out on the initial Vic Country squad for the 2011 AFL Under 18 Championships; however, he was brought in for the fourth game of the carnival with an eye-catching display across half-back against WA in Geelong with 21 possessions and five rebound 50s.

He remained in the Vic Country team that faced Vic Metro in the last round of the championships. A hip injury while playing for the Power Docherty could not perform at the AFL draft camp. At the Gippsland Power awards, he won the Most Disciplined and Trainers Awards plus was named in the 2011 TAC Cup Team of the Year.

Despite the injury and being relatively unknown to AFL recruiters at the start of the year, Docherty was expected to be a first-round pick in the 2011 AFL draft. He was ultimately selected by the Brisbane Lions with their second selection (pick No. 12 overall) at the 2011 AFL National Draft. He became the first player from Phillip Island to be drafted into the AFL.

AFL career

Sam Docherty struggled with his hip injury when he first arrived in Brisbane, and almost immediately underwent surgery to correct a minor complaint he had carried through the 2011 season. It meant that he would spend the bulk of his first pre-season in rehab. After one practice match, a hamstring strain sidelined him for another month. He then came back in round 5 and spent all of 2012 playing for the Brisbane Reserves side in the North East Australian Football League (NEAFL).

Docherty was named as a senior emergency on a couple of occasions. But, in the end, his delayed start to the season meant that he left his run a little too late for an AFL debut. He was pivotal in Brisbane’s claiming the NEAFL premiership flag, his skill, poise, and efficient disposals in difficult conditions at Yeronga in the NEAFL northern conference final against the NT Thunder was impressive.

He made his AFL debut in round 4 of the 2013 AFL season against North Melbourne wearing number 1, he became the 150th player to play for the Brisbane Lions. He played 13 AFL games for the season, usually as the sub; he was the sub in 5 games and was subbed off on one occasion. He averaged 13 disposals playing off half-back.

In the 2013 season he played 6 NEAFL games in which he impressed, he averaged 21 disposals per match and demonstrated that he can find the ball, racking up 30 plus twice. At the end of the 2013 season, as Michael Voss was sacked as Brisbane coach, Docherty was uncontracted with the Lions and told his manager he wanted to come home back to Victoria.

Western Bulldogs, Carlton, and Essendon all showed interest in Docherty; however, Carlton was the front-runner. After meeting with Carlton, Docherty nominated them as his destination club and was traded to the Carlton Football Club for pick 33 in the 2013 AFL Draft during the 2013 trade period.

Sam Docherty was referred to in Brisbane as one of the “Go Home Five” in a messy off-season that also saw fellow Brisbane youngsters who were recruited in 2010 and 2011 Elliot Yeo, Billy Longer, Jared Polec, and Patrick Karnezis all walk out on the club.

Arriving at Carlton was a lifelong dream for Docherty; however, he had an unfortunate preseason for the Blues. Carlton had made the finals in 2013 and was expected to improve with the acquisitions of Docherty and Dale Thomas. While he was away overseas he hurt his knee hiking, aggravating his injury from early 2013, and before leaving for Carlton’s preseason camp in America he woke up one morning with a puffy eye, looking like he had been punched.

It turned out to be a rare auto-immune disease which required surgery. Sam Docherty was still able to attend the camp but received a phone call to hear that his father Eddie had died suddenly after a heart attack at age 53. His funeral was held at the Phillip Island football club rooms, where he had been a player and coach of the club.

Sam Docherty began the season with the Northern Blues but had to wait until round 7 to make his AFL debut for Carlton after recovering from a strained tendon in his quad while on pre-season camp, which eventually required surgery despite initially being diagnosed as tendinitis in his knee. It was a huge match against Collingwood on a Friday night at the MCG, in front of a crowd of 68,000, he started from the interchange bench and impressed with his poise under pressure as the Blues went down by 24 points.

Sam Docherty went on thereafter to play all sixteen remaining senior games for Carlton in 2014. He averaged 18 disposals a game and kicked 7 goals for the Blues; his highlight of the year was against his old team, Docherty gathered 30 possessions and kicked a goal.

Carlton was intent on redemption in 2015; however, the Blues slipped even further to endure one of the club’s worst-ever seasons, finishing last with 4 wins. Coach Mick Malthouse was sacked in late May and many players were criticized except Docherty, who had improved from previous seasons to average 21 disposals and 6 marks in his 19 games.

Sam Docherty finished 6th in the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton’s best and fairest player. Docherty would also sign a three-year contract extension in 2015 to keep him at Carlton until the end of the 2018 season. He was also selected in the AFL Players’ Association 2015 22Under22 preliminary squad.

Docherty improved again on previous seasons during 2016, he would go on to play all 22 games for the Blues under new coach Brendon Bolton. Carlton improved from 2015 to notch up seven wins for the season, three more than last year, and the Blues ended up finishing 14th on the ladder. Averaging 25 disposals off half-back, he and Kade Simpson forged a strong partnership in defense, making it much harder for the opposition to score.

He was rewarded with the John Nicholls Medal as Carlton’s best and fairest player, he was also named in the 40-man squad for the All-Australian team and the AFL Players’ Association’s final 22Under22 team. He also took home Carlton’s Most Improved Player award.

The year 2017 saw Docherty continue to perform at an elite level. Docherty led the AFL in kicks, and marks and was top 5 in overall meters gained and rebounds from defensive 50. Docherty was rewarded for his stellar season with his maiden All-Australian selection in 2017 in the half-back line.

Sam Docherty ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training on 15 November 2017 and missed the entire 2018 AFL season as a result. Despite his injury, he was newly endorsed by the playing group as the club’s joint vice-captain prior to the season commencing. In October 2018, Docherty and Patrick Cripps were named the new co-captains of the club.

Docherty ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training on 10 December 2018, with no timeline for a return. It was his second ACL injury and on the same knee as his 2017 injury.


Is Sam Docherty married? Sam Docherty is single and not married as of August 2023. The rules footballer rarely speaks about his personal life.

Sam Docherty net worth

How much is Sam Docherty worth? Sam Docherty net worth is estimated at around $5 million. His main source of income is from his primary work as a rules footballer. Sam Docherty’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $338,123 dollars annually. His remarkable achievements have earned him some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy car trips. He is one of the richest and most influential rules footballers in Australia. He stands at an appealing height of 1.85m and has a good body weight which suits his personality.