Carlton 2006 – 2017
Adelaide Crows 2018
Recruited From: Plympton (SA)/Glenelg (SANFL)
Selection 1, 2006 NAB AFL Draft
Carlton Best and Fairest 2014
NAB AFL Rising Star Nominee 2007
Carlton Best First Year Player 2007
Pre-season Premiership 2007
3rd Best and Fairest 2009 & 2011
4th Best and Fairest 2010
After 231 games with the Carlton Football Club, Bryce Gibbs will now look to play the remainder of his career with the Adelaide Crows. At 28 years old, Gibbs has already achieved great heights in his AFL career and will look to continue and develop these back in his hometown of Adelaide.
Few players have entered the AFL system with as much hype as Gibbs. After a stellar season with Glenelg in the SANFL in 2006, there was little doubt surrounding Gibbs’ mantle as the best young player in the country. Since being the first selection in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft, Gibbs has lived up to expectations, becoming one of Carlton’s prime movers and earning the respect of the AFL community. In 2009, he finished third in Carlton’s Best and Fairest, his second top-five finish in succession. Playing mainly as a midfielder where his kicking skills are a feature, Gibbs has been a key leader at the Blues, a testament to his maturity and rapport with teammates.
Gibbs’ star status grew even further in 2010, peaking with a 45-possession haul against the West Coast Eagles, which contributed to his third straight top-five finish in the Blues’ Best and Fairest. In 2011 Gibbs played his 100th AFL game, finished third in Carlton’s Best and Fairest and played in his first winning final.
His peak season to date was 2014, where Gibbs showcased everything that the great modern midfielders do week-in, week-out to secure his first John Nicholls Medal. After an injury interrupted 2015, Gibbs averaged a career high for possessions in playing every game of 2016 to finish fourth in the John Nicholls Medal in Brendon Bolton’s first year in charge.
Whilst Gibbs’ transition to Adelaide comes reasonably late in his career, compared to most, his 2017 season indicates exciting things. After playing all 22 games in the 2017 season, Gibbs averaged an impressive 26.8 disposals (16.5 kicks, 10.4 handballs) and 5.9 tackles. Gibbs will now look to help the Crows in rebounding after their Grand Final disappointment.
Off-field, Gibbs enjoys a healthy interest in the media and has featured on several programs including The Footy Show, Before the Game, Game Day, and Saturday Central on Bigpond Sport. He is also a key aspect of Adidas’ presence in AFL, having worn their boots since his junior days.