Shaun Higgins

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Shaun Higgins
Personal information
Full name Shaun Higgins
Date of birth (1988-03-04) 4 March 1988 (age 29)
Original team(s) Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 11, 2005 national draft
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 89 kg (196 lb)
Position(s) Forward / Midfielder
Club information
Current club North Melbourne
Number 4
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2014 Western Bulldogs 129 (128)
2015– North Melbourne 043 0(61)
Total 172 (189)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of round 11, 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Shaun Higgins (born 4 March 1988) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Higgins can play a variety of positions up forward and now has been playing a lot in the midfield.[1] With the retirement of club legend Scott West, the famous number 7 jumper was handed down to Higgins, who was described as a likely future captain of the club.[2]

Early life[edit]

Higgins was the Geelong Falcons best onballer and was projected to go higher than pick 11, but fell in the lap of the Western Bulldogs. Ahead of him were players such as Dale Thomas, Pendlebury and Marc Murphy. He was named in the 2005 TAC Cup team of the year.

AFL career[edit]

He managed to make his debut in his first season, against Collingwood. He played mostly as a small forward then but suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Round 13 against the West Coast Eagles, ruling him out of that year's finals campaign. Before his injury he showed flashes of brilliance in front of goals. But his fitness levels were not quite up. But even at that stage he was a standout with his accurate kicking and awareness of what was around him.

With the frustration of missing his first season, This was Higgins' breakout year after coming off a season ending elbow injury. He proved a handy Goal Kicker up forward that could take a good mark and set up players for a Goal. This was the year where the doubters got off his back and found out just how good he really was, and proved what kind of prospect he is. The game most notable was against the team he made his debut against, Collingwood where he kicked the Winning Goal. He was the Round 8 nominee for the 2007 NAB Rising Star award.

With a great win against Adelaide to open the season Higgins played a vital role in the win. His Season was cut short in round 2 with a Broken Ankle against Melbourne when he landed on it coming down from a Marking contest. It was only supposed to keep him our for a few weeks but the injury was worse than first thought. But came back to play in the Finals. Higgins learned a valuable lesson that year and it has made him a better Footballer. When he was injured he was always in the Bulldogs rooms encouraging his team mates and this was the first sign of Leadership that he shown and he later was voted by his peers as a leader. In the preliminary Final against Geelong Higgins was playing on Darren Milburn, Higgins went on to kick two goals on him and set one up and Milburn got taken off the ground.[3]

Although he is primarily a forward, Higgins has been used sometimes in the midfield. In 2009 Higgins was promoted into the Leadership group. And he received the famous number 7 that was worn by Scott West and Doug Hawkins before him. Higgins had a brilliant pre-season that was up there with Daniel Cross and Matthew Boyd in the time trials. He is touted as being a potential captain of the Club. He had a solid 2009 season but had hamstring troubles that put a damper on his performance. He has the ability of kicking both feet and has great speed. His most notable goal was against Geelong. He is a very fit onballer that can run all day. He signed a contract extension midway through the season.

On 3 October 2014, Higgins signed with the North Melbourne Football Club as a restricted free agent after the Western Bulldogs decided not to match the Kangaroos' offer.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Higgins grew up in Geelong, Victoria. He attended St Joseph's College. He played junior football for Newtown and Chilwell and was a Geelong supporter.[1] His father Mick played reserves football for Geelong.[3] His sister Danielle plays netball for the Geelong Cougars in the Victorian Netball League.[6]

In November 2015, Higgins married partner Heidi Greig.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Petrie, Andrea (19 August 2009). "Higgins to be a long-term Dog". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ Stevens, Mark (26 June 2009). "Cap fits Shaun Higgins". Herald Sun. News Corporation. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Cresswell, Joel (4 September 2009) Geelong boy plans Cats' demise
  4. ^ Higgins finds new home at North
  5. ^ Kangaroos sign Higgins after Dogs decline to match offer
  6. ^ Smith, Sophie (28 March 2009) Geelong Cougars to create history
  7. ^ "Wedding Bells Ring in Spring". AFLPA. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 

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