Nick Duigan – Former Australian Rules Football Player
Nick Duigan is born on 7th September 1984 and is a former Australian Rules footballer in the AFL.
He was originally from South Australia and grew supporting Adelaide Crows. He is the son of former South Australian Member of Parliament for Adelaide. He was noted for his courage and ability to kick long distances. The whole team loved him for his contribution and playing style. With a height of 186 cm and weight of 88 kg, he is considered as one of the strongest players of the team.
During the early day of his football career, he played junior football for Pembroke School. He was also a junior player at the Walkerville football club. He had to suffer with a lot of injuries throughout his junior career and had to string a series of games until he was twenty. Duigan studied psychology and completed his master’s degree in psychology in 2010.
Duigan used to play football in a semi-professional way for Norwood Football Club in South Australian National Football League. He used to play as a defender. He played a total of 87 games for Redlegs during that time. He was made the vice-captain of the club in 2010. The same year he finished 10th in Magarey Medal. He kicked the winning goal of the game in Norwood’s come-from-behind victory against eagles.
By the end of 2010, Nick Duigan left Norwood with the purpose of travelling to Sudan for a year to do volunteer work. He was nominated for the AFL draft and was drafted by Carlton Football Club in 5th selection. It was a great surprise for many, as during that time players without prior experience in the AFL are not selected in AFL draft. Though he has no prior experience, he was drafted and given jersey number 34.
During the pre-season, he impressed the Blues and made his senior debut in the first round match of the club against Richmond. He became a regular player on the Carlton backline by the year 2011. In 2011, he played 22 games and won the Best First Year Player award. In 2012, he played 16 matches and was identified as a key player in the team.
In the year 2013, Nick Duigan was elevated to the 5 man leadership group of the club. He has to struggle a lot to retain his position. He played only 3 home-and-away matches that year. After Brock McLean was injured at the end of warm-up, Nick was brought into the elimination final team of Carlton as an emergency. He kicked 4 goals and helped the team to overcome a 32 point deficit to defeat Richmond. He has an intention to continue playing in 2014, but struggling with an ongoing knee injury, he announced his retirement.
Duigan played total 43 games in 3 seasons with the Blues after his selection in 2010 NAB AFL Draft Pick 70.
Nick has acted as mentor for the players of Carlton as well as Youth in Carlton area. Nick has an ongoing knee condition which was expected to be managed through 2014. Unfortunately, it could not happen and Nick Duigan announced his retirement from AFL.
Post Football Career
Nick Duigan moved to Geraldton, Western Australia after retirement to play a role in mental health services. He took up the role of a coach with Towns Football Club in Great Northern Football league with great ambitions to play. He was signed as Bulldogs coach. He was recruited by Bulldogs life member Warren Kalajzich. It was a great opportunity for him to move to his regional location. During the early stages of the season, Nick will be assisted by last year coach.
Awards And Achievements
- Carlton Best First Year Player 2011
- Club’s Player Ambassador Award
- NAB Cup 2013