Brett Deledio

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Brett Deledio
Brett Deledio.jpg
Brett Deledio photographed in August 2009
Personal information
Full name Brett Deledio
Date of birth (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 28)
Place of birth Kyabram, Victoria
Original team Kyabram (GVFL)
Murray Bushrangers (TAC Cup)
Draft 1st overall, 2004
Height/Weight 188cm (6ft 2 in) / 88 kg (194 lbs)
Position(s) Half Forward/Half Back/Midfield/Utility
Club information
Current club Richmond
Number 3
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Richmond 215 (146)[1]
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 1, 2015 season.
Career highlights


  • Kevin Sheehan Medal winner
  • AIS/AFL Academy 2003
  • Victoria Country 2004
  • U-18 All Australian 2004
  • TAC Cup Team of the Year 2004
  • National Draft Camp 2004
  • U-18 International Rules Series '04



  • Best and Fairest 2008, 2009
  • Runner-up club Best and Fairest 2011, 2012
  • Third Best and Fairest 2010
  • Life Member 2011
  • Vice-captain 2012-2014
  • Joint vice-captain 2015-

Brett Deledio (born 18 April 1987 in Kyabram, Victoria) is an Australian rules football player currently playing for the Richmond Football Club (The Tigers) in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the club's joint vice-captain along with Ivan Maric.[2][3] As at the end of the 2013 season, Deledio has played 195 out of a possible 199 games only missing four games because of injuries.[2]

Early life/career[edit]

Deledio attended Kyabram High School and Caulfield Grammar School.[4] During his youth, he was both a promising cricket and football player. David Hookes, then the coach of the Victorian Bushrangers, invited Deledio to join the state team, but he declined this offer to concentrate on any future AFL career. Brett was enrolled to attend Caulfield Grammar School, which is the same school that hosted the likes of Chris Judd and Andrew Walker. After only a handful of days at the school he pulled out and went on to study with a tutor at the football club alongside Richard Tambling and Luke McGuane.[5] He won the AFL Rising Star award for the best young star of 2005.

Deledio has had an up and down football career, with some critics citing that he hasn't lived up to expectations.[6] However, in 2012, After the Round 8 "Dreamtime at the G" Clash between Essendon & Richmond, Current Tigers head coach & Former Essendon premiership player Damien Hardwick felt that Brett had finally become a true AFL elite player, quoting that: "His contested ball work has come on in leaps and bounds," [and] "That was probably the one area of his game that I thought needed work but he's just been enormous in that area this year. He's become an elite player of the competition."[7]

Deledio was the face of fashion label Travisty until they fell out of public eye. He is now known to promote EX-AFL star player Nathan.G.Brown's fashion label 'Blackbyrd'.[citation needed] Deledio competed in Rexona Australia's Greatest Athlete television show and finished 3rd with 1070 points, behind Jamie Whincup on 1085 points and Billy Slater on 1385.[citation needed]

His father Wayne played one game for Carlton in 1975 VFL season[8]

Life membership[edit]

On December 21, 2011, at the Club’s Annual General Meeting, Deledio became the youngest life member in Richmond’s history. Deledio qualified for the honour when he reached the 150-game milestone in Round 24, 2011 (at 24 years and 139 days old).[9]

Major contract[edit]

With his contract set to expire at the end of the 2012 season, Deledio was among the very first to be able to explore free agency, with the midfielder being named by Richmond a restricted free agent prior to the 2012 season; however in March 2012, he signed a new five-year deal believed to be worth more than $3 million, keeping him contracted to the Tigers until the end of the 2017 season.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

On 26 October 2012, Deledio married his long time girlfriend Katie (formerly Chivers), an Integration Manager at Bauer Media Group Australia.[12] In his spare time Brett Deledio enjoys wake-boarding, dirt biking and hunting wild pigs.[2]

Football career[edit]


Deledio soon debuted for the Murray Bushrangers as the team's youngest squad member, before being selected with the first overall selection in the 2004 AFL Draft. On 31 August 2005, Deledio was awarded for his outstanding season with the AFL Rising Star award, receiving 43 of a possible 45 votes. Deledio followed his Rising Star Award by also winning the AFL Players' Association Best First-Year Player Award, voted by his peer players. Deledio was also considered to be one of the fastest players in the league, winning the 2005 AFL Grand Final Sprint.

Capping off his debut season, Deledio was chosen to represent Australia in the International Rules series for 2005, becoming the youngest Australian player in the competition's history.


Deledio played 21 out of 22 matches in 2006 and was again a consistent performer, only missing the one game with an injured knee. He was often the target of attention from opposition taggers due to his abilities, and found it difficult to break the tag. However he still produced impressive figures, averaging 18.8 possessions and 6.5 marks a game.


Deledio developed into a highly versatile player, who often provided difficult match-ups for the opposition. He often played multiple roles from the forward line to midfield to rebounding from the backline. In the forward line he used his speed and judgement well to lead into space and take strong marks, kicking 21 goals for the season. Out of defence, he often used his electric pace to provide run and carry and deliver pinpoint passes into the forward line. Deledio averaged 18.4 possessions and 5.4 marks a game.

Deledio's best game of the season was the Tigers' Round 19 win against Collingwood, where he kicked a career-high five goals and earned three Brownlow Medal votes.


Deledio began the 2008 season in the forward line for the Tigers, but pushed up the ground later in the season. He surpassed 30 possessions for the first time, achieving the feat three times, in Round 6 against Hawthorn, in Round 10 against Sydney and in round 11 against Adelaide, and developed his game further, averaging 24.6 possessions and a goal per game.

Deledio won the AFL Army Award for his courage shown in round 7 against the Saints when he flew backwards into a pack to take a mark and heavily collided with a Saints player. He was also announced in the 40-man All-Australian squad for 2008.

Deledio was rewarded for his consistent season with the Richmond Best and Fairest, polling 250 votes to take out the award.


Deledio had another great year in 2009. His best game for the year was against Adelaide, where he picked up 31 possessions. Deledio also signed a new 3-year contract, contracting him to Richmond until the end of the 2012 season.

Deledio was rewarded for his consistent season by winning his second consecutive Jack Dyer Medal. Deledio finished with a total of 190 votes just ahead of Daniel Jackson (175) and then-skipper Chris Newman (162), thus becoming the youngest player to win the award back-to-back (at the age of 22 years and 5 months) since Kevin Bartlett in 1967–1968, and the youngest player in the AFL to win a best-and-fairest award back-to-back since Michael Voss at Brisbane in 1995–96.


2010 saw Deledio have another solid year as he become a solid defence playmaker for Richmond alongside his captain, Chris Newman, averaging 25.3 disposals. Richmond began the 2010 season horribly, losing 10 of their first 11 games, their only win being in round 10 against Port Adelaide. The Tigers soon turned their season around, however, going on to win five of their next seven games, with Deledio playing a vital role in these wins.


Deledio had his most consistent year to date in 2011, playing all 22 games and averaging 26.3 disposals. Deledio was once again picked in the 40-man All-Australian squad.


The 2012 season saw Deledio become one of the AFL's most valuable players, averaging 28 possessions per game.[13] In the Dreamtime at the 'G clash against Essendon in Round 8, Deledio starred for the Tigers in the loss, racking up 35 possessions to win the Yiooken Award as the best player on the ground.[14]


Deledio played all 23 games in 2013, averaging 23.8 possessions per game.[15] He finished fourth in the club's best and fairest, winning the 'Fred Swift Medal'.[16]


Deledio had an inconsistent start to the year, as did the Richmond team more generally, but improved as the season went on. He played across the half-forward line in the latter half of the year and kicked 11 goals in the last 5 Home & Away games of the year,[17] and was a key figure in the Tigers rise from the lower rungs of the ladder to narrowly making the finals after nine consecutive wins to close out the season. He was a part of the team that lost to Port Adelaide by 57 points in the Elimination Final, just the second finals match of his career. He finished seventh in Richmond's best and fairest count.[18]


In January 2015, Deledio was appointed joint vice-captain for the 2015 season, along with Ivan Maric.[3]


  1. ^ "Richmond Football Club Playerlist". Richmond Football Club. Retrieved 25 September 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c Warner, Michael (12 February 2014). "The time to shine is now for Richmond elder statesman Brett Deledio". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Maric joins Deledio as vice-captain". Richmond Football Club. Richmond Football Club. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Greenberg, Tony (10 January 2005). "Flea glee over new Tiger No. 3". 
  5. ^ Hawthorne, Mark (6 March 2005). "Three Tigers in a class of their own". The Sunday Age. 
  6. ^ "Richmond's Brett Deledio admits his 2009 form has been inconsistent at best". AAP. 14 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Bowen, Nick (19 May 2012). "Deledio now elite: Hardwick". RFC. RFC. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Sheahan, Mike (28 June 2008) A touch of Carlton in Deledio bloodline; Herald Sun
  9. ^ "Brett Deledio the youngest Tiger life member in history". Herald Sun. News Ltd. 21 December 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Ralph, Jon (27 March 2012). "Brett Deledio's done deal with Tigers". Herald Sun. News Ltd. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Deledio signs five-year deal with Tigers". ABC News. ABC. 27 March 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Capalbo, Abby (19 June 2013). "Byron Bay Wedding from Blumenthal Photography". Style Me Pretty. Style Me Pretty. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  13. ^ AFL Match Statistics 2012
  14. ^ Yiooken Award Winner 2012
  15. ^ AFL Match Statistics 2013
  16. ^ Phelan, Jennifer (30 September 2013). "Top Tiger Jackson wins first Jack Dyer Medal". AFL. AFL. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Adam Cooney
Number one overall pick in AFL draft
Succeeded by
Marc Murphy
Preceded by
Jared Rivers
AFL Rising Star
Succeeded by
Danyle Pearce
Preceded by
Aaron Davey
AFLPA Best First Year Player Award
Succeeded by
Marc Murphy
Preceded by
Matthew Richardson
Jack Dyer Medal
Succeeded by
Jack Riewoldt
Preceded by
Alwyn Davey
AFL Army Award
Succeeded by
Tom Hawkins