Lions Legends: Chad Cossom
- Monday, 23 February 2015
As we move a decade beyond the Glory Years we figure it’s the perfect time to look back on the legends of yesterday.
One of the more under-rated players from the most successful period in Lions history was midfielder Chad Cossom who played 214 games in an 11 year career at the Lions.
Cossom was known as a big-hearted contributor for Subiaco for over a decade and retired from the club with four titles under his belt in 2011.
Originally from the humble halls of the Kingsley Football Club, Cossom established himself as one of the most consistent WAFL wing players of the 2000’s.
An undeniable work ethic and adept ability at transition play helped Cossom notch a decorated career. His most prominent period of play came in Subiaco’s premership patch between 2004-2008.
Cossom averaged 19.48 possessions a game and kicked over 50 goals in five seasons to provide an important role on the outer and heavily contribute to Subiaco’s most successful period as a club.
The left footed winger’s form continued into a fourth straight Grand Final appearance in 2009 but a loss to Claremont would inevitably signal the end of the Glory Years for the Lions.
Coss played on and continued to lead the next wave of Lions footballers in the likes of Kyal Horsley and Scott Worthington. His experience on and off the ball helped develop some of the Lions champions we see on the paddock today.
2011 would eventually be the end to Chad Cossom’s distinguished career electing to retire after Round 11 against the Perth Demons.
Cossom left the club due to the demands of his career, which he now works as a successful soliciter for US based company DLA Piper.
COSSOM CAREER FACTS
* Kicked three goals on his debut against Peel Thunder in 2000
* Represented Western Australia against Queensland in 2005
* Included in Subiaco’s Lions team of the Decade
* Played in 12 finals and six Grand Finals
"Twelve years ago I was just happy to play one game and was quite happy just to play in the reserves, and try to push for a league spot. To have ended up playing over 200 games is something you couldn’t even contemplate when you are starting out. Looking back it's quite unbelievable seeing what you can achieve." – Chad Cossom
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