23 June 1987
2006 Rookie elevation
2006 AFL Debut
Recruited from Norwood in South Australia, Ed was originally taken as a rookie before being elevated onto the senior list in 2006.
A midfielder who gets important run-with roles, Ed debuted for the Kangaroos in Round 16 of season 2006 and has been regularly pushing for senior selection ever since.
His 2007 form for VFL affiliate North Ballarat was outstanding, culminating in him winning the Best & Fairest and playing nine senior games with the Kangaroos, including two finals.
2008 was another solid year for Lower and he was promoted to the senior team in Round 4 and went on to play the next 10 games. The South Australian was given tagging roles on some of the elite midfielders in the game and performed strongly late in the season for North Ballarat. He was called-up to the senior side and was one of the few shining lights in North’s Elimination Final loss, with two goals.
Most expected Lower to become a regular in the North Melbourne team in 2009, but injury hampered his progression and resulted in him being pushed back to the VFL with North Ballarat. He earned a recall for the final two matches and played a key part in wins over St Kilda and Port Adelaide.
Ed begun the 2010 season strongly and with some great performances in the NAB Cup, proclaimed this to be his ‘make or break’ year. Unfortunately, Ed’s luck turned and he broke his leg in a pre-season match against Hawthorn. A fantastic effort in the VFL earned him a recall into the senior side and Ed seemed to be getting back to his best before injury struck him again – this time breaking his collarbone in round 18. With a new contract on the table, Ed now looks to the 2011 season to get his body right and prove himself to the North Melbourne side.