Dean Cox – Australian Rules Football Player

Dean Cox, born on 1st August 1981 is an Australian Rules Footballer and played for West Coast Eagles.

Dean CoxHe was originally from Dampier, but debuted with West Australian Football league in 2000. He was popular for 107kg and 204 cm body frame, and is amongst the top 10 tallest players in the AFL. He is a very versatile midfielder, who tends to cover the entire ground. He is even considered to be the Eagles 5th midfielder. He can win know-outs effectively and can assist the mid-fielders. His aerobic ability became his greatest weapon.

Cox was recruited to West Coast with the 28th pick in the 2001 Rookie Draft, after he won the Simpson Medal. Later, he made his senior debut in 2001 and played on the side of West Coast’s premiership. Cox played in the All Australian team 6 times, including four consecutive seasons from 2005 to 2008. This period witnessed his outstanding performance and is one of the best periods of his football career.

Football Career (2001- 2014)

Cox was a naturally gifted sportsman who excelled in Football as he grew up in Dampier. He played for the Sharks. He was recommended to the club by his uncle George Michalczyk, who was a former Australian Rules player. He has begun his senior career with the help of his uncle. In 1999, Dean Cox colts for East Perth and was invited to train, the West Coast Eagles at the end of the season. He had to struggle a lot in his pre season training and was even criticized for being uncoordinated. Meanwhile, he got an opportunity to play with senior football for the East Perth. He earned first place as Ruckman in the grand final and was honoured with Simpson medal. He debuted in 2001 in the AFL, as the Eagles put him on their seniority list.


He became a dominant player by 2005 and played for the Eagles. He topped the year with terrific final series and maintained his standards. There were two incidents that stand out for cox. One is the qualifying final against Sydney, where he took two saving marks to secure the game and the other is the strong mark on the half-forward line in the grand finale against Sydney.


The year 2006 was a great season for Cox, where he was considered as one of the premier players. He established as a premier Ruckman, averaging 20 disposals per game through Round 8 of this season. In Round 13, he broke his collar bone, but soon he returned to his side. He was the key figure in Eagles thrilling 1 point win against Sydney in 2006 AFL grand final.

Dean Cox played 21 games with 14 goals and 141 marks in the year 2006. He was instrumental in grand final campaigns, after coming back from collar bone injury. In the year 2007, Cox played 21 games. He has to step up, as Ben Cousins and Chirs Judd were departing. He maintained his position as Ruckman with 25 disposals for 5 or more times in the same year.


He played 22 games in 2008, collecting 25 or more disposals 7 times. He is being considered as a consistent performer. In Round 10 of the 2008 season, Cox collected 30 disposals, 7 marks and kicked 2 goals. He returned from an injury ravaged campaign in 2009 to take All-Australians on 2011 and 2012.

Post football career

Dean Cox retired at the end of 2014 with 290 games, 169 goals and a club record. He finished his career with an AFL record of 6,628 hits. Cox injuries are a major factor in his retirement. This Ruckman commits to provide coaching to Jennifer Phelan.

Awards and achievements

  • Simpson Medal for East Perth in 2000
  • Eagles Best Clubman award in 2006
  • Best and fairest for the Eagles in 2008
  • Premiership medallion in 2008
  • West Coast Club Champion: 2008
  • All-Australian: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012

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