One of the most damaging players in the AFL, Brendon Goddard showed his strengths in his first year with Essendon, winning the club’s Best and Fairest. After a 205 game career with St Kilda, the 2012 off season saw Goddard become one of the first players to move clubs under the AFL’s Free Agency rules, signing with Essendon.
The first pick in the 2002 NAB AFL Draft, the Saints were impressed by Goddard’s outstanding disposal, excellent endurance and speed, and strong hands both in the air and at ground level. Goddard represented Australia in the U17 AIS/Academy team that toured Ireland in 2002 and Victorian Country in 2002 U18 Championships where he was named in the All Australian side.
Goddard displayed his versatility and skill for the Saints from the outset in a variety of roles during 2003. A member of the club’s Pre-season Premiership in 2004, Goddard was part of the club’s finals runs in 2004-06 before an ACL injury ended his 2007 prematurely. In recent years, Goddard has become one of the games’ best players, highlighted with All Australian selection in 2009 and 2010 as the Saints reached the AFL Grand Final.
He also finished top three in St Kilda’s Best and Fairest, averaging 27 and 28 possessions per game in each season and was one of the club’s most consistent finals performers. Goddard’s spectacular mark and goal late in the 2010 Grand Final against Collingwood sits as one of the greatest highlights of all-time.
Now a Bomber, Goddard provides his new club with a player capable of providing drive in a number of different positions. 2017 saw Brendon continue to excel as he played all 23 games, including an elimination final. Brendon also played his 300th game in round 11 against GWS, a remarkable achievement. Whilst 2017 was Brendon’s 15th season in the AFL, he has shown only signs of further development, averaging 26.7 disposals a game, his best since arriving at Essendon.
A media friendly star of the game, Goddard is a regular on The Footy Show on the Nine Network and has previously been a regular guest on Fox Footy’s AFL 360. He also writes a column in the Sun Herald.
He is one of Nike’s AFL ambassadors and was part of the successful 2011 CokeZero AFL advertising campaign. Off-field, Goddard is a superb golfer, with one of the lowest handicaps amongst current AFL players.