A polished and highly credentialed left-footer, Nick Dal Santo was recruited from Bendigo Pioneers to St Kilda at pick 13 in the 2001 AFL National Draft. During his time at St Kilda, Dal Santo played in 17 finals matches, 3 grand finals (including the famous 2010 draw and replay) and was included in the All Australian side 3 times. Dal Santo cemented himself in St Kilda history as a pivotal member of the team’s midfield throughout his 260 games at the club.
Nick also made regular appearances in St Kilda’s top 10 Best & Fairest throughout his career, with his standout season being 2011 where Dal Santo was runner up in both the Brownlow and Trevor Barker Medal. The following year, Dal Santo was honored with a Life Membership at the St Kilda Football Club.
In October 2013, Nick departed the Saints for North Melbourne Football Club as a restricted free agent after St Kilda declined to match North’s 3 year deal.
The move to North Melbourne appeared to suit Dal Santo as he made an immediate impact and played every game of his first season at his new club, including 3 finals matches. This consistency resulted in him being named “Recruit of The Year” in 2014 by AFL Media. Dal Santo went on to play his 300th AFL Game at North Melbourne, playing an integral part in the team’s Leadership Group.
Nick retired from his AFL career in November 2016, after playing an outstanding 322 games.
After his playing career, he made a seamless transition in the world of AFL media.
Nick is now a polished media performer, where he is a fixture at Fox Sports – he regularly appears during game coverage throughout the season as well as hosting some of Fox Footy’s regular shows. Nick can also be heard on the sound waves of SEN Melbourne’s radio network.
Nick’s illustrious playing career, leadership and media skill have also allowed him to regularly feature as a fantastic guest speaker & MC at all levels.