|Full name||Kyle Hardingham|
|Date of birth||1 September 1988|
|Original team(s)||East Fremantle|
7th overall, 2009 Pre-Season Draft |
|Height||186 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Hardingham was selected by Essendon with the seventh pick in the 2010 AFL Pre-Season Draft. Originally from East Fremantle in the WAFL, he represented WA in the state game against South Australia in 2009.
Hardingham is described as a "courageous utility that can play almost any position on the ground".
He made his AFL debut against North Melbourne in round 17 of the 2010 AFL season, kicking four goals, helping the Bomber achieve an upset victory by 3 points. The following Friday night, he kicked 2 goals in a win against St Kilda. He managed to kick 2 goals once again in the next game, a 76-point loss to Carlton, although he also kicked 5 behinds as part of the wayward kicking by the entire Essendon team, which managed 9.19 for the night.
Hardingham, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance-enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his teammates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 season.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
- WA state team player ratings from clash with South Australia
- afl.com.au (11 November 2009). "Kyle Hardingham". afl.com.au. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
- Bombers take some heat off Knights
- "2014 List Changes". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- Chris Cavanagh (7 October 2016). "=Former AFL players Kyle Hardingham and Adam Contessa to share coaching role at Pascoe Vale". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
- Twomey, Callum (March 31, 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". AFL.com.au. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
- "Kyle Hardingham statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- "Kyle Hardingham of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 23 September 2012.