Kane Johnson

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Kane Johnson
Personal information
Full name Kane Johnson
Date of birth (1978-03-15) 15 March 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth Victoria
Original team Ringwood / Eastern Ranges
Draft 27th overall, 1995
Adelaide Crows
Height/Weight 187 cm / 85 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Retired
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
104 (44)
116 (32)
220 (76)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2007 season.
Career highlights
  • Adelaide premiership player 1997, 1998
  • Richmond captain 2005–2008
  • Richmond best and fairest 2006

Kane "Sugar" Johnson (born 15 March 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer and former captain of the Richmond Football Club and dual premiership winner with the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL).


He began his career with the Adelaide Crows in 1996 and played in their 1997 and 1998 premiership sides before his 20th birthday. Over the years he developed into an outstanding midfielder and became a key member of Adelaide's onball group, but in 2001 requested that he be allowed to return to his home state of Victoria after playing out his contract the following year. The Crows management obliged, and at the end of 2002, Johnson was traded to Richmond for Jason Torney and a complicated exchange of draft picks that saw picks No.&bnsp;2, No. 18 and No. 32 go from Richmond to Adelaide and picks No. 12, No. 28 and No. 41 go the other way. Whilst there, Johnson became a star player and was rewarded with the captaincy of the club in 2005. This came following Wayne Campbell's decision to step down from the position. While Johnson's 2005 season was not as good as his 2004, he still was among the Tigers' best players.

In 2006 Johnson had an outstanding season, playing as a tagger and keeping many of the game's star players in check. He won the club's best and fairest for his efforts.

Following the 2008 season, Kane Johnson stood aside as captain and was replaced by Chris Newman. He retired on 9 June 2009 after an injury believing the time was right.[1] He remained involved as a development coach for the club for the remainder of the 2009 season.

In 2013, four years post retirement Kane now works with a variety of individuals teaching the ancient art of Qigong with modern philosophies.


  1. ^ Sheahan, Mike (9 June 2009). "Former Richmond captain Kane Johnson calls it quits". AdelaideNow. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wayne Campbell
Richmond Football Club captain
Succeeded by
Chris Newman