Daniel Wells (footballer)
Wells with Collingwood in March 2017
|Full name||Daniel Wells|
|Date of birth||3 February 1985|
|Original team(s)||Peel (WAFL)|
|Draft||No. 2, 2002 national draft|
|Height||181 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
|2003–2016||North Melbourne||243 (150)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2018 season.
|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.
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 and he signed with the Collingwood Football Club as an unrestricted free agent in October.
On 24 May 2017, it was announced that he would wear number 67 on his guernsey, rather than his usual 3, for the round 10 Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous Round game against Brisbane Lions. This was to commemorate the 1967 referendum which recognised Indigenous Australians in the census.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
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
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.
On 14 October 2006 Wells married school teacher Mariangela Laudato. They have a daughter, Laudate Angelus.
- Navaratnam, Dinny (10 October 2016). "Pies set to swoop as Wells tells Roos he's leaving". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
- "Daniel Wells becomes a Magpie, Kanga compo revealed". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
- "Players' number tribute to indigenous breakthrough". Australian Football League. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
- "Daniel Wells". AFL Tables. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
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