|Full name||Dustin Martin|
|Date of birth||26 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Castlemaine, Victoria|
|Original team||Castlemaine (BFL)
Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
|Draft||3rd overall, 2009
|Height/Weight||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
89 kg (196 lb; 14 st 0 lb)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Dustin Martin (born 26 June 1991) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for Richmond in the Australian Football League (AFL). In 2009 he played with the Bendigo Pioneers and the Victoria Country side in the under-18 national championships. He also made the All-Australian team in the centre position.
Martin was born in Castlemaine, Victoria to a Maori father from New Zealand and an Australian mother. He played football for Castlemaine in the Bendigo Football League before he left school in year 9 and moved to Sydney with his father, Shane. In Sydney he played for the Campbelltown Blues under 18's team, playing a senior game at the end of the season. Meanwhile he worked at Shane's transport business and Shane's girlfriend's sports apparel business.
Early football career
At the end of 2007 he moved back to Castlemaine where he played for the Castlemaine senior side. He played the last four games of the 2008 season for the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup. He returned to the Pioneers side the following year and played exceptionally well, coming runner-up in the best and fairest count. While playing for Bendigo he averaged 24.7 touches (9.7 of them contested) and 115 Supercoach points from 11 games. He also finished first in disposals, contested possessions, inside 50's and score assists.
Things got even better from there for Martin. He represented Vic Country in the under 18's championships, averaging 21.4 touches (7.2 contested) and 111 Supercoach points in five games. In one of the best games playing for Vic Country, Martin gathered 28 touches, 5 clearances and 193 Supercoach points against Western Australia in the final match of the under-18 national championships. He was selected in the under 18's All-Australian team.
He debuted in the opening round of the 2010 season against Carlton. Despite the Tigers losing by 56 points, Martin impressed with 18 touches, four marks and three tackles and scoring 62 in AFL Dream Team. He only missed one game in his debut season, winning a 2010 AFL Rising Star nomination for his performance against Port Adelaide in Round 10 and finishing the year ranked second at Richmond for clearances and inside 50s and third for contested possessions and disposals.
In early 2013, Martin was the subject of social media rumours that he was the player involved in police, Australian Crime Commission (ACC) or AFL investigations into performance enhancing drug use. Richmond's coach Damien Hardwick denied that any of this was true and called the accusations "un-Australian".
Martin has been reported to be seeking offers from other clubs, but as of 16 September 2013, he had denied making a firm decision to leave Richmond.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2013 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- Robinson, Mark (7 November 2009). "Dustin Martin's born to play AFL". Herald Sun.
- "Emma Quayle's draft camp latest". 2 October 2009.
- Quayle, Emma (1 August 2010). "He's strong and he's bold".
- Buckle, Greg (24 April 2011). "Martin fires Tigers to win over North". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
- Wilson, Caroline (4 July 2012). "Tigers sack Connors, suspend Martin". The Age.
- Ralph, Jon (15 February 2013). "Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Dustin Martin victim of ‘whingeing' social media". Herald Sun.
- Richmond star Martin open to offers, AFL.com.au, 16 September 2013
- Dustin Martin's profile on the official website of the Richmond Football Club
- Dustin Martin's statistics from AFL Tables
- Dustin Martin's statistics from Footy Wire