|Date of birth||29 July 1974|
|Place of birth||Adelaide, Australia|
|Original team(s)||North Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Debut||Round 3, 8 April 1994, Hawthorn
vs. North Melbourne, at MCG
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Nick Holland (born 29 July 1974) is a former professional Australian rules football player who played 179 games for Australian Football League (AFL) club Hawthorn between 1994 and 2005, serving as Vice Captain between 1999 and 2003. Holland is an AFL Rising Star Award winner, a best and fairest and leading goal kicker at Hawthorn and represented Australia in International Rules. He is now a lawyer and media personality.
Originally from South Australian National Football League (SANFL) club North Adelaide, Holland was recruited by Hawthorn at the 1992 AFL Draft. Holland made his senior AFL debut in Round 3, 1994 against North Melbourne Football Club at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) at full-back. In 1995 Holland was tried at centre-half forward and was awarded the Norwich Rising Star Award that season and achieved a second placing in Hawthorn's Best and Fairest award. Holland was Hawthorn's leading goalkicker in 1997 and 2000, when he also won the club best and fairest award in a tie with Daniel Chick.
During 2001, Holland suffered injuries to both shoulders and his thigh but recovered in time to play in the finals. At the end of 2001, Holland signed a contract, worth millions of dollars, to play for Hawthorn for four more years.
End of career
Holland retired from AFL football at the end of the 2005 season, following a shoulder injury sustained while playing for Hawthorn's Victorian Football League (VFL) feeder side, the Box Hill Hawks. Holland had played 179 games for Hawthorn and kicked 239 goals.
Holland studied during his AFL career obtaining both a Science Degree and a Law Degree and was admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of Victoria in March 2007. He is currently working for the Melbourne law firm Holding Redlich.
Holland also recently became a member of the VFL Tribunal.
Holland made several appearances on the panel of The Footy Show and the 'Rex Hunt Footy Show' during his football career and has hosted the football-related children's television show Totally Footy on Channel 10, and Channel 7's Around the Grounds.
Co-hosted SEN's 'Ford League Teams' and 'Sunday Sports Central' and 3AW 'Sports Today' with Gerard Healy.
Awards and achievements
- 1995: Norwich Rising Star
- 1997 and 2000: Hawthorn leading goalkicker
- 1998: International Rules selection
- 1996–1999: Represented South Australia (Vice Captain in 1998)
- 1999–2003: Hawthorn Vice Captain
- 2000: Peter Crimmins Medal
- 2007 Admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria
- Nick Holland's statistics from AFL Tables