James Kelly (Australian footballer)
Kelly playing in June 2017.
|Full name||James Kelly|
|Nickname(s)||Kell, Pops, The Custodian |
|Date of birth||29 December 1983|
|Place of birth||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Original team(s)||Calder Cannons (TAC Cup)
|Draft||No. 17, 2001 national draft|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|Position(s)||Defender / Midfielder|
|Representative team honours|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2017.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2008.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Since 2001, Kelly has played with the Geelong Football Club. Playing as an on-baller in the powerful midfield, he has shown capability in gaining many possessions and running well, as well as showing great courage. Kelly, is a natural born leader who has played a pivotal role in Geelong's dominant era, one of only twelve players to play in all three of Geelong's recent premierships.
He was a member of Geelong's 2006 NAB Cup Premiership team, as well as the drought-breaking 2007 AFL Premiership Team. He was also a member of Geelong's losing side in the 2008 Grand Final and their victorious sides in the 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals. He was delisted at the end of the 2015 AFL season, despite averaging 20.5 disposals in 17 games, he subsequently retired from the AFL before signing with the Essendon Football Club in January 2016 as a top-up player in the wake of the club's supplements scandal. Under the player top-up rules, he was delisted at the conclusion of the 2016 season, however, in November he re-signed with Essendon during the delisted free agency period. On August 16, 2017, Kelly retired from AFL after 313 games with Geelong and Essendon.
- Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
In 2008, Kelly was an ambassador for an anti-alcohol-fuelled violence campaign run by the Geelong Advertiser titled "Just Think". In this role, Kelly appeared in advertising alongside fellow ambassadors, and Geelong teammates, Tom Harley and David Wojcinski.
- 3× AFL Premiership: (2007, 2009, 2011)
- 2× AFL Pre-Season Premiership: (2006, 2009)
- All-Australian team: 2011
- Jim Stynes Medal: 2011
- AFL Rising Star nominee: 2001
- Kelly, James (28 April 2009). "Ask James Kelly". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
- Sewell, Eliza (17 May 2012). "James Kelly a joker in the pack". Herald Sun.
- Adam Baldwin (3 September 2015). "Will Geelong trio Steve Johnson, James Kelly, Mathew Stokes get lifeline from rival clubs?". Fox Sports.
- Ryan, Peter (20 January 2016). "Triple flag winner Kelly joins Essendon". Australian Football League. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
- Twomey, Liam; Salemme, Kate (5 October 2016). "James Kelly will likely return to Essendon to play a second season with the Bombers". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
- "Essendon officially signs James Kelly and Matt Dea to new deals". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
- "James Kelly stats". AFL Tables. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
- Devic, Aleks (5 December 2008). "Just Think campaign reaches new heights". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
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