Hugh Goddard was drafted by St Kilda during the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. He was selected at pick 21 after having a very consistent year across the APS, TAC and NAB National Championships. Hugh plays as a key-position forward/defender who is a strong and competitive player in the air and ground. His ability to be that key target at both ends of the ground, as well as his strength on the ground, illustrates his versatility and flexibility as a large athlete. Furthermore, his execution by foot and hand is elite for his size – that matched with his aerial dominance makes him a formidable key-position player.
Hugh was a solid performer for Vic Country in the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, averaging 10 possessions and four marks from his six appearances. Hugh was also a member of the NAB AFL Academy Level 2 squad and the winner of the Cameron Ling Medal in 2013. Hugh was rewarded in Round 16, 2015 when he made his debut against Richmond. Goddard played a total of 8 games during the 2015 season and a single game during the 2016 season. Sadly, Hugh missed the entirety of the 2017 season due to an ongoing foot injury.
With the anticipated departure of some senior key-position members of St Kilda’s list, Hugh will look to capitalise on their absence in the coming years. Hugh will look to find more senior time in the 2018 season.