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Hansen bid farewell

North Melbourne has advised Lachlan Hansen it will not be offering him a contract for 2018 and beyond.

3:15pm Aug 29, 2017

Hansen’s road to 150

Lachlan Hansen awoke on draft day in 2006 completely unaware North was planning on selecting him.

6:18pm Jun 14, 2017

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197 cm
98 kg

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Nar Nar Goon
Recruited from: Gippsland U18
Draft: #3, 2006 National
Debut: Round 1, 2007 v Collingwood


- Versatility
- Strong mark
- Reads the play well

Jumper Club Members

- Pamela & Kerry Hoobin
- Brendan & Aydan Garrett
- Gordon Family

Background: Pre-NMFC


North Melbourne’s second highest draft pick ever, Lachlan Hansen was regarded as a standout prospect in 2006.

Playing the majority of his junior football as a defender, Hansen earned an Under 18 All-Australian selection as a centre half back, reading the play well and also being able to run off opponents with extraordinary endurance. 

However he could also play as a key position forward if needed.

Former coach of North Melbourne, Dean Laidley, called Hansen ‘just about the complete package’ when he was drafted with pick 3 in the 2006 National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Development Manager, Ben Dyer

“For Hanners it was good to get a bit of continuity back in his game at the lower level before he got his chance to come back into the ones.

“Given the way his last couple of years have gone, that was pretty important to get him out on the park.

“He’s good to have down back because he’s experienced and particularly in terms of the alignment he can play a pretty big role in setting up your back six.

“With him and Tippo (Joel Tippett) as the deep defenders, they set up well. It was about getting games into him so he could fit back in to the AFL side when the chance came. And he did that pretty well.

“He had a couple of really good games and his intercept marking at VFL level is pretty good.”


Mid-season, from Josh Drummond

“We definitely missed him in the first few weeks. He can play tall, on the smaller guys, deep or high.

“For the most part he’s defended really well one-on-one and that’s where he builds his game off.”

Second half of 2015, from Josh Drummond

“The surgery on his hips over the off-season meant he started behind the eight-ball in terms of his preparation.

“His year was a bit stop-start but he was still able to have an impact even though he was a little off his best.

“He played an important role for us late and into the finals. He’ll really benefit from getting through the year unscathed and having a clear run at it now.”


Hansen continued on with his excellent form of 2013 as one of the best intercept defenders in the AFL.

His 17 marks against Gold Coast in Round 7 was a career-high and he cemented himself as an integral part of the best 22.

Reaching his 100-game milestone during the season, it appeared Hansen was set for the most consistent year of his career, until a troublesome hip injury halted his momentum.

After playing 17 of the first 18 games, Hansen missed the next three games with injury.

Returning for the last game of the home and away season, he looked to be over the worst of the problems. But after chasing an opponent, he pulled up sore and it was later confirmed he had aggravated the injury.

Although he continued his rehab with an aim to return in the finals, the defender was unable to play another game for the season.


Mid-season, from Shane Watson

“Lachie has been fantastic since he came to the back line. It started in the West Coast game, where we felt Lachie would be handy against the tall forward line; he had one of his better games for the club.

"Outside Luke Delaney, Lachie is the real genuine key position height. We just have to get the mix right where he doesn’t have to mark the ball every time he flies for it. But there hasn’t been a drop off in his performance over the month at all.”

End of season review

Hansen's resurgence as a marking defender continued in the second half of the year. He quickly became a pillar of North's defensive six, using his ability to read the play to cut off opposition forward 50 entries.

His efficiency by foot and hand showed a well-rounded game and made him dangerous.  Not only were opponents fearful of his aerial ability, the number six also often chose the right option to set up an effective rebound 50.


A promising pre-season was interrupted by a minor injury and Hansen started the year in the VFL with Werribee.

On the verge of a recall, he was suspended and his first game for North came in Round 13 but he quickly made himself irreplaceable with strong performances forward.

Part of the triple towers with Drew Petrie and Robbie Tarrant, Hansen kicked 20 goals in 12 matches and was one of few solid performances in the year-ending Elimination Final loss to West Coast.


Hansen looked to have adjusted to playing second fiddle to Drew Petrie in the early stages of the year and was consistently getting on the scoreboard.

He suffered a horrific looking injury in Round 6 against Port Adelaide when he went sliding head first into the fence, yet somehow missed only one week.

After that Hansen couldn't recapture his early season form and spent most of the second half of the year in defence in a role reversal of 2010.


In the absence of an injured Drew Petrie, Hansen was the number one forward target for the second half of the season and responded with several bags of goals.

A haul of five and two of four after spending the first nine rounds in defence, underlined his flexibility.

Hansen also collected a career high in disposals with 24 in the Round 8 victory over Adelaide.


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 151
    • Kicks 8.4
    • Handballs 5.4
    • Disposals 13.8
    • Marks 6.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 1.4
    • Goals 0.5
    • AFL Fantasy 61.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7, 2014
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 19, 2013
Disposals 30 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7, 2014
Marks 17 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7, 2014
Hit-outs 4 Geelong Cats Rd 2, 2013
Tackles 6 Sydney Swans Rd 22, 2016
Goals 5 Port Adelaide Rd 13, 2010
AFL Fantasy 138 Gold Coast Suns Rd 7, 2014

Career Breakdown

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


Individual Stats

- Disposals: 6
- Inside 50's: 3
- One percenters: 3
- Time on Ground: 63%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 10
- One percenters: 5
- Tackles: 3
- Time on Ground: 86%

Individual Stats

- Disposals: 11
- One percenters: 8
- Marks: 3
- Time on Ground: 91%

NMFC Debut

Round 1, 2007 v Collingwood

North Melbourne: 3.4.22, 7.10.52, 8.15.63, 10.19.79
Collingwood: 2.1.13, 5.5.35, 5.8.38, 12.10.82

50th game

Round 21, 2010 v West Coast
Patersons Stadium

North Melbourne: 1.4.10, 6.10.46, 10.13.73, 16.14.110
West Coast: 4.4.28, 7.6.48, 10.10.70, 14.10.94

100th game

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