Jake King

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For the English association football player and manager, see Jake King (footballer born 1955).
Jake King
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Jake King photographed in August 2009
Personal information
Full name Jake King
Nickname(s) The Push-Up King[1]
Date of birth (1984-03-26) 26 March 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Victoria
Original team(s) North Heidelberg / Coburg Tigers
Draft 24th overall, 2006 Rookie Draft
Height / weight 178cm / 78 kg
Position(s) Back pocket/Half Forward Flank
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007–2014 Richmond 107 (79)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 0
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of Round 10, 2014.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Jake King (born 26 March 1984) is a former Australian rules footballer for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).


King previously played for North Heidelberg in the Diamond Valley Football League[2] before moving to the Coburg Tigers in the VFL. He was a co-winner of Coburg's best and fairest award in 2006 before being selected by Richmond onto their rookie list with the 25th selection in the 2007 Rookie Draft. He was temporarily elevated to their senior list in May 2007 along with Cameron Howat when Mark Coughlan and Carl Peterson were placed on the long-term injury list.[3] After playing every game since his debut round 4 in the 2007 AFL season, he was promoted to the Richmond Tiger's senior list for the 2008 season.[4]

King was a small, explosive forward who is recognised for his toughness and pace around the ball. His speed was fully displayed at the 2007 AFL Grand Final Sprint, which he won. When interviewed he expressed his surprise in the post race interviews by saying "I thought [Port Adelaide's Nathan] Krakouer would shit it in".[5]

In May 2009, King was implicated as being one of a group of players including Kane Johnson and Chris Newman to have asked Terry Wallace to step down as Richmond coach. This came as quite a shock to most of the public seeing that King isn't a regular senior player.[6] King later denied that he was involved in any discussions concerning Wallace's future at the club.[7]

In the 2011 pre-season King captained Richmond for two matches, against Carlton and Collingwood.[8]

On 28 July 2014, King announced his retirement from AFL.[9]


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