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Dal Santo at ease

Nick Dal Santo says criticism of the club's handling of his recent delisting has been disappointing and wrong.

9:32am Sep 8, 2016

Class and composure

With five wins from five games, and close to a best-on-ground effort, Nick Dal Santo has reason to smile.

12:03pm Apr 24, 2016

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Dal Santo

185 cm
85 kg
2018 AFL Fantasy Points
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Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Kennington Sandhurst
Recruited from: Bendigo Under 18's
Draft: #13, 2001 National (St Kilda)
Debut: Round 4, 2002 v Geelong (St Kilda)


- Disposal by foot and hand
- Durability

Jumper Club Members

- Cimac Construction Group
- Kyan Barclay
- Brady Scanlon

Background: Pre-NMFC


Recruited from Bendigo Under 18's, as a junior Nick Dal Santo was already regarded as a natural footballer who always had time and space to dispose of the ball well.

Drafted by St Kilda with pick 13 in 2001, Dal Santo made his AFL debut in Round 4, 2002 against Geelong at Simonds Stadium. After playing 26 games in his first two years, the left footer was in the side for the 2004 season opener and didn’t look back; a best 22 player for the rest of his time at the Saints.

Kevin Sheedy compared Dal Santo to triple Brownlow Medalist Ian Stewart, and in 2005 he earned his first All-Australian selection. The left footer was part of a quality Saints outfit, appearing in three consecutive finals series from 2004-2006.

In 2008, Dal Santo was surprisingly dropped, but the demotion spurred him to recapture his best form. He was one of the Saints’ best players in their semi-final victory over Collingwood.

2009 and 2010 brought the veteran’s two best seasons in terms of disposal numbers, with 670 and 641 respectively. There was an All-Australian selection in 2009 to go with his Grand Final appearance.

From 2011 to 2013, as the Saints’ form slipped, Dal Santo’s form still maintained its usual high standards. However after a 16th place finish in 2013, his time at St Kilda had come to an end. North Melbourne picked up the elite ball user in the free agency period.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Second half of 2015, from Darren Crocker

“He slotted straight back in after what was the first long-term injury he’s had in his career.

“He really looked after himself, he got his hamstring right and was able to play in the midfield and on the wing.

“He showed us how important he was in the second half of the year with his polish and his ability to finish for us.

“He was really keen to bounce back after the Richmond game, because he prides himself in performing in big games, which is what he did in the next two matches.”


North’s prized signing over the off-season period, Dal Santo wasted no time making an impact by being added to the leadership group at his new club.

Quiet in Round 1 against Essendon, he quickly turned things around with an outstanding performance against the Bulldogs (32 disposals) the following week.

With his class and polish a vital addition to the Kangaroos’ side, he excelled both across half-back and through the midfield at different times.

A quiet patch late in the home and away season didn’t dampen his spirits, and Dal Santo returned to be one of North’s most influential and consistent players throughout the finals campaign. His experience in September came to the fore against Geelong in the Semi Final with a best-on-ground performance.

Despite turning 30 during 2014, Dal Santo showed no signs of slowing down.


Individual Stats

- Disposals: 21
- Clearances: 4
- Goals: 1
- Time on Ground: 77%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 24
- Clearances: 11
- Tackles: 5
- Time on Ground: 83%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2014 v Essendon
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.0.18, 5.3.33, 8.5.53, 9.6.60
Essendon: 4.1.25, 8.5.53, 11.8.74, 15.9.99

300th AFL game

Preliminary Final, 2015 v West Coast
Domain Stadium

North Melbourne: 3.4.22, 4.7.31, 5.11.41, 7.13.55
West Coast: 0.2.2, 3.8.26, 8.14.62, 10.20.80


By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 322
    • Kicks 13.0
    • Handballs 9.9
    • Disposals 22.9
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.6
    • Tackles 3.6
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 88.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 25 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19, 2011
Handballs 22 Port Adelaide Rd 16, 2011
Disposals 39 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19, 2011
Marks 11 Carlton Rd 10, 2004
Hit-outs 5 Geelong Cats GF, 2009
Tackles 10 Carlton Rd 7, 2012
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 18, 2005
AFL Fantasy 154 Gold Coast Suns Rd 19, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


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AFL Fantasy points