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Todd Viney
Date of Birth
30 March, 1966
183cm, 92kg
12 (Melbourne)
Round 1, 1987
Recruited from
Melbourne (1987-1999)
Sturt (1985-1986)

Todd Viney (born 30 March 1966) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for Melbourne in the AFL and Sturt in the SANFL.

A highly-rated junior tennis played, Viney instead chose football and was named the SANFL's rookie of the year in 1985 while playing with Sturt. He joined Melbourne ahead of the 1987 season and made his debut in the opening round of the season, playing 16 games for the year. Viney was a member of Melbourne's losing grand final side in 1988 and finished runner-up to Jim Stynes in the Bluey Truscott Medal, the Demons' best and fairest, in 1991, before winning the medal in 1993. He briefly retired ahead of the 1996 season to take up a tennis coaching role, but returned early in the season and again finished runner-up to Stynes in the Truscott Medal in 1997. Viney replaced Garry Lyon as Melbourne captain in 1998, and responded by winning his second Truscott Medal and earning selection in the All-Australian team for the first time. He announced his retirement at the end of 1999, after 233 games for Melbourne.

Viney joined Melbourne's coaching panel as an assistant under Neale Daniher in 2000. He coached Moama in the Murray Football League in 2003 and 2004, before joining former Demons' teammate Alastair Clarkson at Hawthorn as an assistant in 2005. Viney crossed to Adelaide in 2009, spending two years as an assistant coach with the Crows before returning to the Demons in 2011 as a player development manager. Later that year he was appointed caretaker coach for the final five rounds, following the sacking of Dean Bailey. He did not remain in the coaching ranks following the appointment of Mark Neeld, and took up recruiting duties for the Demons in 2012. Viney's son Jack Viney was drafted by Melbourne under the father-son rule in 2012 and captained the club between 2017 and 2019.