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Concerns for welfare of former AFL player Ezra Bray

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The family of former AFL player Ezra Bray hold concerns for his welfare having not been in contact with him for around 12 months.

Social media posts have circulated appealing for any information about the whereabouts of the former Geelong and Carlton-listed player.

"My cousin Ezra Stacey Bray, currently 42 years of age, has been missing for over 12 months now," a Facebook post read.

"He hasn't used his bank accounts and no one among his family, friends or associates have been able to make contact with Ezra in the last 12 months.

"The family believe he may be in Victoria somewhere as he was last seen leaving on the bus some time ago to get out of the Northern Territory."

The post also said that the family has reported Bray missing to the police multiple times.

Bray was a highly talented junior footballer from the Northern Territory who spent his later teenage years playing in Victoria's TAC Cup competition with the Calder Cannons.

An image posted by the family of what Ezra Bray is believed to look like in 2023.

The silky-skilled utility also represented the Northern Territory at three U18 National Carnivals and many football pundits tipped him to go on to become the Top End's next AFL superstar.

After excelling at junior level, Bray was selected by Geelong with a first-round draft pick (number 17 overall) in the 1999 AFL National Draft.

It was a difficult period for Bray, both with the suffering of recurring injuries and a struggle adjusting to the demands of professional football.

After two years on the list without a senior game, he was let go by the Cats at the end of the 2001 season.

Bray would receive an AFL lifeline by Carlton with the struggling Blues selecting him with pick number 27 in the 2002 AFL Rookie Draft.

He represented the club in a 2002 pre-season game against Richmond at the Telstra Dome and registered a goal, but would also fail to register a senior game with his new club.

After ten games with Carlton's VFL team, he left the Blues.

Bray would eventually return home and play a handful of games in the Northern Territory Football League with his junior club St Marys, but his football career was essentially over.

If you have any information about Ezra Bray's whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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