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Higgins: "I'm in shock"

Syd Barker Medal winner Shaun Higgins has credited a move into the midfield for his rapid rise in 2017.

3:50pm Sep 18, 2017

Higgins wins Syd Barker

Shaun Higgins has capped off a career best-season winning his first Syd Barker medal with 217 votes.

10:36pm Sep 15, 2017

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Shaun
Higgins

Height
184 cm
DOB
04-03-1988
Weight
89 kg
Debut
2006
Games
2017
21
Career
183
Goals
2017
18
Career
196
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1982
Avg
94
ShaunHiggins

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior club: Newtown
Recruited from: Western Bulldogs
Draft: #11, 2005 National (WB)
Debut: Round 9, 2006 v Collingwood (WB)

Strengths

- Versatility
- Skilled on both sides of the body

Jumper Club Members

- David Cater
- Cody Cline

Background: pre-nmfc

 

Higgins starred for the Geelong Falcons in his draft year of 2005 and was projected as a top pick in that year’s National Draft. He eventually slid to 11 where he was selected by the Western Bulldogs.

In his first season, 2006, the small-forward played five games before suffering a season-ending elbow injury in Round 13 against West Coast. It delayed his breakout year to 2007, when Higgins he kicked 26 goals in 20 games.

A broken ankle early in 2008 prevented Higgins from capitalising on the momentum from the previous season, restricting him to just seven games. However, he returned for the Bulldogs’ three finals, proving an important performer in each of them.

Promoted to the leadership group in 2009, Higgins spent more time further up the ground, adding an extra dimension to his game. Arguably the best year of his career, he averaged more than 21 disposals a game while going forward to kick 32 goals in 20 games.

Higgins was a versatile utility for the Bulldogs in the next three seasons, playing in various areas of the ground – from half-back to the midfield and forward. Often one of the side’s best by foot, he wore the famous number seven well.

Early in 2013 disaster struck, as he suffered a navicular fracture in his left foot. It ended his season after only three games.

After a long recovery, the 26-year-old rebounded to play 20 games in 2014, largely through half-back and the centre.

At the end of the season, Higgins decided to leave the Bulldogs and after he met North Melbourne, he stated that ‘it was a one horse race in the end’.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Forwards Coach, Leigh Tudor

“Higgo is just a real pro. When he wasn’t playing, he still came to all the line meetings and has a lot of input.

“He really cares for the team and the way we want to play. He’s a fantastic role model for the young forwards.

“Even now, a lot of people are on holidays and he’s downstairs in the gym, making sure he’ll be right for the first day of pre-season.

“I expect him to have a big year in 2017, and whether that’s forward or midfield – he’s got so many strings to his bow now, he can play in multiple positions.”

2015

Mid-season, from Shane Watson

"Higgins is our most consistent forward and, along with Goldstein, he is the most consistent player.

"He's made a real impact coming from the Western Bulldogs and it was certainly a great decision to get him across up until this point.

"He's kicking goals, he's fitted in, he works hard, runs hard and he's really diligent around the place."

Second half of 2015, from Shane Watson

“He fit into our system well, and then after playing in it for a half year he was able to understand it a bit more.

“His back half of the year was excellent, with the All-Australian squad nomination good reward for it.

“He’s just an absolute professional with the way he goes about it. His body was good and he felt good with a bit of management, allowing him to perform at the top level.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 21
    • Kicks 12.8
    • Handballs 10.7
    • Disposals 23.5
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.0
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 94.4

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
Handballs 18 St Kilda Rd 22
Disposals 32 St Kilda Rd 22
Marks 6 Fremantle Rd 16
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 9 Gold Coast Suns Rd 15
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 23
AFL Fantasy 119 Geelong Cats Rd 2

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 93 - 136 13 12 25 2 0 1 0 4 0 1 87
2 Geelong Cats L 112 - 111 15 12 27 4 0 0 1 7 2 1 119
3 GWS Giants L 67 - 109 7 11 18 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 62
4 Western Bulldogs L 86 - 89 8 11 19 2 0 1 0 6 1 3 86
5 Fremantle L 67 - 62 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Gold Coast Suns W 107 - 94 17 11 28 5 0 2 1 6 1 0 117
7 Adelaide Crows W 145 - 86 13 6 19 3 0 1 0 4 2 1 90
8 Sydney Swans L 78 - 120 12 9 21 6 0 1 2 4 1 1 90
9 Melbourne W 90 - 104 11 7 18 4 0 1 1 4 1 4 83
10 Carlton W 96 - 113 14 13 27 4 0 2 1 5 2 1 112
11 Richmond L 66 - 101 12 9 21 5 0 2 3 1 1 1 73
13 St Kilda L 72 - 89 8 10 18 2 0 1 1 9 0 3 87
14 Western Bulldogs L 107 - 106 11 8 19 4 0 1 3 9 0 2 91
15 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 99 5 14 19 0 0 0 4 9 1 1 74
16 Fremantle L 82 - 86 18 8 26 6 0 3 1 5 1 0 114
17 Port Adelaide L 127 - 57 16 10 26 3 0 1 3 6 1 0 99
18 Essendon L 132 - 105 15 8 23 4 0 2 2 5 0 1 90
19 Melbourne W 76 - 72 13 15 28 5 0 0 0 3 1 1 103
20 Collingwood L 57 - 111 11 8 19 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 78
21 Hawthorn L 116 - 89 15 16 31 4 0 1 2 4 1 0 106
22 St Kilda L 127 - 78 14 18 32 4 0 0 0 4 0 1 107
23 Brisbane Lions W 79 - 130 21 8 29 5 0 0 2 3 2 2 114
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 16 269 224 493 77 0 20 27 106 18 25 1982

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 183
    • Kicks 10.0
    • Handballs 8.8
    • Disposals 18.8
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 1.1
    • AFL Fantasy 78.3

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Brisbane Lions Rd 23, 2017
Handballs 20 Brisbane Lions SF, 2009
Disposals 36 Essendon Rd 7, 2014
Marks 12 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Gold Coast Suns Rd 5, 2016
Tackles 10 Sydney Swans Rd 18, 2011
Goals 5 Melbourne Rd 19, 2007
AFL Fantasy 127 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2014

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 North Melbourne 269 224 493 77 0 20 27 106 18 25 1982
2016 North Melbourne 67 83 150 34 1 8 3 31 11 5 664
2015 North Melbourne 233 236 469 104 0 10 20 90 39 26 2053
2014 Western Bulldogs 212 196 408 72 0 11 17 64 9 4 1518
2013 Western Bulldogs 30 11 41 17 0 4 5 10 3 4 214
2012 Western Bulldogs 195 146 341 81 0 13 16 57 22 16 1461
2011 Western Bulldogs 205 173 378 80 0 9 20 70 12 16 1518
2010 Western Bulldogs 185 158 343 63 0 15 14 52 17 8 1351
2009 Western Bulldogs 231 191 422 105 4 13 15 52 32 18 1780
2008 Western Bulldogs 45 52 97 20 1 8 6 18 4 6 392
2007 Western Bulldogs 127 120 247 74 1 6 9 38 26 10 1141
2006 Western Bulldogs 36 24 60 14 0 1 1 9 3 3 253

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

Milestones

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 15
- Goals: 4
- Marks: 4
- Time on Ground: 90%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 16
- Marks: 8
- Goals: 3
- Time on Ground: 83%

NMFC debut

Round 1, 2015 v Adelaide
Venue:
Adelaide Oval

North Melbourne: 2.1.13, 3.1.19, 9.4.58, 9.9.63
Adelaide: 6.4.40, 12.10.82, 15.12.102, 21.14.140

150th AFL game

Round 22, 2015 v Western Bulldogs
Venue:
Etihad Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.5.11, 3.8.26, 5.11.41, 10.13.73
Western Bulldogs: 1.3.9, 5.5.35, 7.10.52, 14.12.96