A lightning quick player who bursts through the midfield, Danyle Pearce has made a big impact at AFL level, headed by winning the NAB Rising Star in 2006. Having originally been selected by Port Adelaide in the 2004 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, Pearce was a star recruit for the club and played Port’s Grand Final team in 2007.
After playing over 150 games for Port Adelaide, Pearce joined Fremantle via the 2012 Free Agency period, providing the Dockers with an instant injection of class to the midfield. Pearce played in every game in the 2013 season including Fremantle’s first ever Grand Final. His 94 games in just four seasons as a Docker, including his 200th AFL game in late 2014, have been of a consistently high standard.
Pearce has now joined an elite group of players to graduate from the Rookie List to play over 250 AFL Games. In the 2016 season, Pearce played all 22 games, leading the club in inside 50s (97) and bounces (23). His ability to run and carry and break the lines of opposition is one of his greatest assets.
Pearce’s 2017 campaign experienced some inconsistencies however was still one of great memory as it held his 250th game in Round 2 against his former club, Port Adelaide. Pearce only managed the 7 senior games for Fremantle in 2017, finding issues in consistency and form. Despite this small blemish, Pearce will now look towards the 2018 where he hopes to reignite previous stellar form.