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Nielson locked in

Daniel Nielson has put pen to paper on a new one-year deal, keeping him at the club until the end of 2018.

12:10pm Aug 25, 2017

Nielson's special moment

After three years waiting for his opportunity, Daniel Nielson’s moment finally came against Fremantle.

10:41am Jul 12, 2017

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Heading Home: Daniel Nielson

12:01pm  Aug 25, 2017

Rd 19, 2017: Nielson post-match

6:29pm  Jul 29, 2017

July 12, 2017: Nielson interview

9:51am  Jul 12, 2017

Rd 16, 2017: Nielson debut

5:43pm  Jul 10, 2017

May 11, 2017: Nielson interview

9:49am  May 11, 2017

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Daniel
Nielson

Height
194 cm
DOB
09-05-1996
Weight
96 kg
Debut
-
Games
2017
7
Career
7
Goals
2017
0
Career
0
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
238
Avg
34
DanielNielson

Player Bio

At a glance

Junior club: Vermont
Recruited from:
Eastern Ranges
Draft:
#25, 2014 National
Debut:
N/A

Strengths

- Repeat speed
- Powerful last-line defender

Jumper Club Members

- #RooBiz

Background: Pre-NMFC



A strong defender rarely beaten one-on-one, Nielson regularly played on the opposition’s most dangerous forward for Vic Metro at the Under 18 Championships.

Nielson finished third in the repeat sprint at the AFL Draft Combine, and developed well in his two years at the Eastern Ranges under coach Darren Bewick.

On draft night, the North Melbourne recruiting staff indicated Nielson’s future will be as the last-line defender capable of playing on the AFL’s power forwards.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Development Manager, Ben Dyer

“He spent a bit of time back at the development level when we actually had a lot of key defenders available.

“Given that he’d missed a year with the knee and he hadn’t been back long at that stage, it didn’t matter as much because the objective was just to get him out there playing again.

“For Dan it was all about trying to get him to play a little more proactively. He’s always been able to play on an opponent, stop them one-on-one, that’s his strength.

“For him to play AFL footy he’s going to have to play as part of a back six, come off, spoil and do all those things that are important.

“That was his focus and by the end of the year he was able to make improvements in that area.

“We haven’t needed him to push for AFL selection this season, so it afforded him the chance to develop at the lower level for the year and work on parts of his game.”

2015

The key defender was making all posts a winner, before a season knee injury brought his season to an end in March.

Nielson ruptured his ACL during a training drill, undergoing a long rehabilitation process.

The youngster will be looking to get a full pre-season under his belt going into 2016.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 7
    • Kicks 4.7
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 8.7
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 34.0

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Hawthorn Rd 21
Handballs 8 Fremantle Rd 16
Disposals 15 Fremantle Rd 16
Marks 6 Port Adelaide Rd 17
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Melbourne Rd 19
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 55 Hawthorn Rd 21

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Richmond L 66 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 St Kilda L 72 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Fremantle L 82 - 86 7 8 15 4 0 2 2 1 0 0 49
17 Port Adelaide L 127 - 57 5 4 9 6 0 0 5 2 0 0 34
18 Essendon L 132 - 105 5 6 11 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 42
19 Melbourne W 76 - 72 6 5 11 2 0 3 0 4 0 0 53
20 Collingwood L 57 - 111 1 1 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 5
21 Hawthorn L 116 - 89 9 4 13 5 0 1 0 1 0 0 55
22 St Kilda L 127 - 78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Brisbane Lions W 79 - 130 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 33 28 61 24 0 6 9 8 0 0 238

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 7
    • Kicks 4.7
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 8.7
    • Marks 3.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.1
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 34.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 9 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2017
Handballs 8 Fremantle Rd 16, 2017
Disposals 15 Fremantle Rd 16, 2017
Marks 6 Port Adelaide Rd 17, 2017
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Melbourne Rd 19, 2017
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 55 Hawthorn Rd 21, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 33 28 61 24 0 6 9 8 0 0 238
2016 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 North Melbourne 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points