Recruited from: North Melbourne/Port Melbourne/Oakleigh U18
Selection 7, 2005 NAB AFL Rookie Draft
Hawthorn Premiership Player 2013, 2014, 2015
Hawthorn Best and Fairest 2013, 2015
Hawthorn 2nd Best and Fairest 2011
Recognised as one of the AFL’s pre-eminent key defenders, Josh Gibson continues to take on and beat the best forwards in the competition. Originally from the TAC Cup’s Oakleigh Chargers, Gibson enjoyed an excellent 2004 season with North Melbourne’s then VFL affiliate Port Melbourne. Selected at pick 7 in the 2004 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, Gibson’s continued good form saw him make the transition from rookie to senior list at Arden Street by the end of 2005.
Gibson managed a good return of 11 games in 2006 as a running defender. In 2009, he played every game and finished fifth in the Kangaroos Best and Fairest. At the end of 2009, Gibson joined Hawthorn via a trade, filling a key defensive post for the Hawks, the club he barracked for growing up.
Quickly becoming an integral member of the lineup, Gibson overcame a hamstring injury and flourished in 2011. Selected in the All Australian squad of 40 players, he finished second in the Peter Crimmins Medal for Hawthorn’s Best and Fairest and collected the coveted Most Consistent and Best Finals Player awards. He also passed the 100 AFL game milestone.
In 2012, Gibson was a dominant force once again, playing 22 games throughout the season. Gibson accumulated the ball much more than what he did in 2011 and passed the 30 disposals on two occasions and lead the competition for spoils. A career best year in 2013 saw Gibson win the Club Best and Fairest and play a major role in the Hawks Grand Final win over Fremantle. In 2014 Gibson overcame a mid season injury to win a second straight Premiership medal with 32 possessions against the Sydney Swans.
He added a third Premiership Medal, a second Peter Crimmins Medal and a first All Australian berth in 2015 as he relished a role that gave him more scope to attack from defence. His 2016 season saw Gibson reach the 200 AFL game milestone and record a career high 44 disposals against West Coast in the Round 2 Grand Final replay at the MCG. Gibson’s 2017 campaign was cut-short due to a groin injury, managing only the 12 games, averaging 15.5 disposals in each. Gibson further decided to announce his retirement in wake of the injury, knowing that he would not be back again for the year. Gibson played 225 games of AFL after initially being overlooked and then eventually taken on by North Melbourne as a Rookie. An incredible career, one decorated by three AFL premierships, an All Australian as well as two club Best & Fairest’s.
Off-field, Gibson features prominently in the media, as a regular on The Footy Show, Before the Game and Game Day, and a contributor on Brig and Lehmo on Melbourne’s GoldFM. Gibson has also showcased his passion for fashion and as a Swisse Spring Racing Ambassador for the 2011 Flemington Carnival. This continued with a role during the 2016 Melbourne Festival of Racing. Gibson is a partner in the Brighton Schoolhouse Café and is also one of Asics’ main AFL ambassadors.