David Rodan during the 2007 AFL Season
|Full name||David Rodan|
|Date of birth||8 October 1983|
|Place of birth||Fiji|
|Original team||Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||#33, 2001 National Draft, Richmond
#86, 2006 National Draft, Port Adelaide
|Height/Weight||173cm / 87kg|
185 (131)65 (43)
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
David Rodan was born in Fiji to mother Amelia and father David Snr, both of Tongan heritage. He spent his first year in the town of Lami near Suva. When he was three years old, his family moved to Australia. His father wanted him to play rugby union, but there were no rugby clubs for juniors in his area. Instead, he tried Aussie Rules, beginning junior football with Oak Park and the Holy Child Football Club in Broadmeadows, and he developed a passion for the sport.
Richmond Tigers (2001 - 2006)
Rodan was recruited by AFL club Richmond Tigers at the end of 2001 at pick 33. He played every game for two years (from his debut in 2002), and was nominated for the AFL Rising Star award in his debut season and kicked 17 goals of which three were nominated for the Goal of the Year award.
Playing for Richmond, he played as a small crumbing forward along with Andrew Krakouer in the early part of his career.
He became an Australian citizen in September 2002 in order to get a passport to travel to London, England to participate in an Australian Football Exhibition Match against Essendon as his Fijian passport had expired.
After the retirement of Matthew Knights, Rodan shifted into the midfield.
He did not participate in the 2005 regular season due to a severe knee injury. Rodan made a return to league football in 2006, but was delisted at the end of the season, first hearing of his sacking at the club's best and fairest function via an impromptu speech from captain Kane Johnson.
Port Adelaide (2007 - 2012)
Rodan did not miss a game in the 2007 season, which meant he played in the 2007 AFL Grand Final. He received six Brownlow Medal votes at the 2007 medal count including a best on ground 3 votes for his round 12 performance, putting him in the top 60 players in the competition.
Rodan ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in a training injury in December 2009 and was expected to miss the entire 2010 season. However, following ligament augmentation and reconstruction surgery, which replaced the torn ligament with one made of polyester fibres, Rodan was able to play in round six, 2010.
Rodan was traded to the Melbourne Football Club on 25 October 2012. Port Adelaide had initially stated that he had been delisted, but had not formally lodged the paperwork with the AFL allowing a trade to be made between Port Adelaide and Melbourne. He was traded for Pick no. 88 in the 2012 AFL Draft.
- Drugunalevu, Eliki Great talent Fiji Times. Friday, 13 August 2010
- No fairy-teal ending for Rodans from foxsports.com.au
- Official Website of the Australian Football League > News Article > Rodan wins Rising star nomination
- Eva, Bruce "Rodan to become an Australian citizen" AFL Record. 30 September 2002
- "Port Adelaide's David Rodan likely to miss entire 2010 season". FoxSports. 16 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- "Rodan's LARS recovery stuns coaches". ABC. 25 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-26.
- David Rodan's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
- David Rodan's statistics from AFL Tables