Nick Dal Santo spent the better part of 15 seasons as one of the premier midfielders of the AFL, and now in his retirement is a respected voice in the AFL media.
Drafted to St Kilda at the end of 2001, Dal Santo made his debut in the 2002 season. A polished left footer, he had silky smooth skills and was at ease in the chaos of the midfield, often seeming to have more time than everyone else.
Dal Santo spent 12 years at the Saints, in which time he played 260 games including 17 finals and 3 Grand Finals. He was selected in the All Australian side 3 times and was well regarded for his leadership, and whilst they did not win a Grand Final, Dal Santo was an integral part of St Kilda’s sustained success over this period.
Dal Santo left St Kilda at the end of the 2013 season for a new challenge with the North Melbourne Football Club. He was immediately added to the club’s leadership group, played finals in all three years, and took his total games tally to 322 before retiring at the end of 2016.
Following his retirement, Dal Santo returned to St Kilda to be part of the club’s Next Generation Academy. He has been Head Coach of the program since 2017, and the program has thrived with his involvement.
Dal Santo is also a polished media performer, where he is a fixture at Fox Sports during their game day coverage and weekly panel shows. He can also be heard on the sound waves of SEN Melbourne’s radio network and with his illustrious playing career, leadership, and media skills, is a popular guest speaker and MC at all levels.
Dal Santo is an ambassador for Maddie’s Vision, and away from football is a keen golfer. He currently lives in Melbourne with wife Julie and their three children.