Nick Duigan

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Nick Duigan
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Personal information
Full name Nick Duigan
Date of birth (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 (age 32)
Original team(s) Norwood (SANFL)
Draft No. 70, 2010 National Draft, Carlton
Height / weight 186cm / 88kg
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011–2013 Carlton 43 (10)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2013.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Nick Duigan /ˈdɡən/[1] (born 7 September 1984)[2] is a former Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League (AFL).


Originally from South Australia, Duigan grew up supporting the Adelaide Crows and playing junior football for Pembroke School, Adelaide [2] and also was a junior player at the Walkerville football club. Throughout his junior career, he was troubled by injuries and had a hard time stringing a series of games together until after the age of twenty.[1]

Throughout his early 20s, Duigan studied psychology at university; by the end of 2010, then aged 26, Duigan had completed his master's degree in psychology.[3] During the same period, Duigan played football semi-professionally for the Norwood Football Club in the South Australian National Football League, primarily as a defender. He appeared in a total of 87 senior games for the Redlegs during that time,[4] and was the club's vice-captain in 2010.[5] He finished tenth in the 2010 Magarey Medal,[6] and kicked the game-winning goal in Norwood's come-from-behind preliminary final victory against the Eagles.[5]

Duigan is the son of former South Australian Member of Parliament for the seat of Adelaide, Michael Duigan.

Professional career[edit]

Duigan left Norwood at the end of 2010, intending to travel to Sudan for a year to do volunteer work.[3] However, he also nominated for the AFL draft, and was drafted by the Carlton Football Club with its fifth selection (#70 overall).[2] The selection surprised many, as it was very rare at the time for a player as old as Duigan (26), and without previous AFL experience, to be drafted.[4] Duigan was given guernsey number 34.

Playing in defence, Duigan impressed for the Blues during the pre-season, and he made his senior AFL debut in the club's first round match against Richmond.[7] He immediately became a regular in the Carlton backline in the 2011, and was noted for both his ability and his courage.[8] He played twenty-two games for the year and won Carlton's Best First Year Player award.[9] He played sixteen matches in 2012.

In 2013, Duigan was elevated to the club's five-man leadership group,[10] however struggled to retain his place in the team on form, playing only three home-and-away matches for the year. He was famously brought into Carlton's elimination final team as an emergency after Brock McLean was injured at the very end of the warm-up, and kicked four goals as Carlton overcame a 32-point deficit to defeat Richmond in front of a record crowd of 94,690.[11]

Duigan had intended to continue playing in 2014, but after struggling with an ongoing knee injury during the first month of the pre-season, he announced his retirement on 9 December 2013.[12]

Post AFL[edit]

In 2014, Duigan moved Geraldton, Western Australia to take a role with mental health services provider Youth Focus. He also took a role as coach, with ambitions to play should his knee heal sufficiently, with the Towns Football Club in the Great Northern Football League.[13]


  1. ^ a b de Bolfo, T., Blues shore up the spine, says Hughes, Retrieved 23 March 2011
  2. ^ a b c Carlton Football Club Selection 70 - Nick Duigan, retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b Gleeson, M., The Age, "Out of Africa and into Carlton", 19 November 2010, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  4. ^ a b Morgan, K, The Messenger, "Legs pair's dream AFL call-up," 18 November 2010, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  5. ^ a b Davis, E. SANFL News, "Norwood defeat Eagles", 26 September 2010, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ Norwood Football Club 2010 Magarey Medal Count, Retrieved 23 March 2011
  7. ^ Windley, M., Herald Sun, "Carlton to play three debutants against Richmond in season opener", 23 March 2011, Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  8. ^ Pierik, Jon (5 Jun 2011). "Duigan talent drawing attention". The Age. Retrieved 3 Aug 2011. 
  9. ^ "Murphy wins his first John Nicholls Medal". Carlton Football Club. 4 Oct 2011. Retrieved 5 Oct 2011. 
  10. ^ "Blues name 2013 leadership group". Carlton Football Club. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Jon Ralph (8 September 2013). "Carlton kicks Richmond out of AFL finals in thrilling elimination final comeback". Herald Sun. Melbourne, VIC. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Carlton given permission to place Nick Duigan on long-term injury list". Herald Sun. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Dale Miller (22 February 2014). "Twist takes Duigan to Geraldton". The West Australian. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 

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