Daniel Wells (footballer)

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Daniel Wells
Daniel Wells 2017.jpg
Wells in March 2017
Personal information
Full name Daniel Wells
Date of birth (1985-02-03) 3 February 1985 (age 32)
Original team(s) Peel (WAFL)
Draft No. 2, 2002 national draft
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Collingwood
Number 3
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2003–2016 North Melbourne 243 (150)
2017– Collingwood 001 00(2)
Total 244 (152)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 5, 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Daniel Wells (born 3 February 1985) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the North Melbourne Football Club from 2003 to 2016.

AFL career[edit]

Wells with North Melbourne in 2012

Wells was selected by North Melbourne with the number two overall pick in the 2002 AFL draft and made his debut in 2003 playing 18 games and averaging 12 disposals per game. He rose to prominence in 2004 when, against Fremantle, he kicked the AFL Goal of the Year, jumping and taking the ball from ruck contest in the goal square and kicking the goal before he landed.

Wells was selected in the Australian team for the 2005 International Rules Series but was unable to play due to injury. He enjoyed a fairly good year in 2006 in which he averaged 18 disposals and finished 2nd in the Syd Barker Medal.

In 2008, Wells enjoyed a good season averaging 21 disposals and having a big impact in matches in the second half of the season during North Melbourne's winning period. He was rewarded with selection in the Australian side that lost to Ireland in that year's International Rules Series.

2009 was a disappointing year for Wells when injuries restricted him to just 7 games.

In 2011 Wells produced a brilliant and consistent season when he won his first Syd Barker Medal which he shared with Andrew Swallow. He would also be named in the 40 man All Australian squad but would miss out on being part of the final 22.

Following the 2013 season, the two-time best and fairest was chosen to represent Australia in the International Rules Series as captain of the exclusively Indigenous team, a rare and memorable honour.

At the conclusion of the 2016 season, Wells announced his intentions to leave North Melbourne as a free agent[1] and he signed with the Collingwood Football Club as an unrestricted free agent in October.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season[3]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2003 Kangaroos 8 18 10 7 149 67 216 64 39 0.6 0.4 8.3 3.7 12.0 3.6 2.2
2004 Kangaroos 8 22 13 8 239 114 353 89 49 0.6 0.4 10.9 5.2 16.0 4.0 2.2
2005 Kangaroos 8 22 12 10 246 148 394 86 43 0.5 0.5 11.2 6.7 17.9 3.9 2.0
2006 Kangaroos 8 22 11 7 227 180 407 81 53 0.5 0.3 10.3 8.2 18.5 3.7 2.4
2007 Kangaroos 8 18 14 18 193 139 332 70 44 0.8 1.0 10.7 7.7 18.4 3.9 2.4
2008 North Melbourne 8 21 6 11 271 173 444 92 59 0.3 0.5 12.9 8.2 21.1 4.4 2.8
2009 North Melbourne 8 7 4 1 94 41 135 30 13 0.6 0.1 13.4 5.9 19.3 4.3 1.9
2010 North Melbourne 8 19 15 11 246 150 396 90 43 0.8 0.6 12.9 7.9 20.8 4.7 2.3
2011 North Melbourne 8 21 17 15 312 180 492 80 80 0.8 0.7 14.9 8.6 23.4 3.8 3.8
2012 North Melbourne 8 20 14 16 290 149 439 72 59 0.7 0.8 14.5 7.5 22.0 3.6 3.0
2013 North Melbourne 8 22 25 10 291 177 468 80 52 1.1 0.5 13.2 8.0 21.3 3.6 2.4
2014 North Melbourne 8 10 4 4 100 87 187 39 25 0.4 0.4 10.0 8.7 18.7 3.9 2.5
2015 North Melbourne 8 2 0 0 6 16 22 1 6 0.0 0.0 3.0 8.0 11.0 0.5 3.0
2016 North Melbourne 8 19 5 5 224 215 439 67 82 0.3 0.3 11.8 11.3 23.1 3.5 4.3
Career 243 150 123 2888 1836 4724 941 647 0.6 0.5 11.9 7.6 19.4 3.9 2.7

Health scare[edit]

At the end of the 2011 season Wells had shoulder surgery during which it was discovered that he had a large blood clot on his lungs. The clot was successfully removed and Wells returned to full health and resumed playing.

Media profile and personal life[edit]

In 2007, Wells appeared in a television advertisement for AFL on the Gold Coast and in 2009 and he featured in the official advertisement for the AFL, playing Australian Rules on an Association Football ground.

He is a devout Roman Catholic.[4]

On 14 October 2006 Wells married school teacher Mariangela Laudato. They have a daughter, Laudate Angelus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Navaratnam, Dinny (10 October 2016). "Pies set to swoop as Wells tells Roos he's leaving". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Daniel Wells becomes a Magpie, Kanga compo revealed". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Daniel Wells". AFL Tables. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.cam.org.au/News-and-Events/Features/General-Features/Article/13041/time-out-with-daniel-wells#.USAY2PJ5eSo

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