A great story of persistence, Nick Holman earned a second shot at the AFL with the Gold Coast Suns via the 2017 Rookie Draft after two stand-out seasons with Central Districts in the SANFL.
Originally from Kyabram, Holman represented his local team before playing TAC Cup football for the Murray Bushrangers. A midfielder/forward, Holman represented Vic Country at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships team, sharing their MVP award alongside current Saint Zak Jones. After playing in a GVFL Senior Premiership with Kyabram, Holman was Carlton’s third selection in the 2013 Draft. He would play nine games in two seasons with the Blues, but was delisted at the end of 2014, electing to venture to South Australia to continue his football with Centrals. combining footy with an electrical apprenticeship.
Holman had two outstanding seasons for the Bulldogs, claiming their Best and Fairest award in 2017, with his clearance work, clean hands and strong tackling at state league level convincing the Gold Coast Suns Holman’s talent could bolster their list. Selected in the 2017 Rookie Draft, Holman played every game for the Suns in 2018 to finish eighth in their Best and Fairest. Playing predominantly in a forward half role where his pressure and hardness at the contest is crucial, Holman celebrated his 50th AFL game in mid-2020.
Away from football Holman is the proud owner of two dogs, Wally and Lucy.
It’s been a long journey. I was lucky to get drafted by the Suns … it’s been a really good experience and I look back fondly at the memories
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