Broadford – Victoria
An impressive and tough on-baller, Richard Douglas was selected with pick 16 in the 2005 National Draft. Injuries restricted Douglas in his early years at the club, before he had his first full season in 2008, playing 22 games. From here, Douglas emerged as one of Adelaide’s most influential and damaging players for years to come.
Even after three solid years, it wasn’t until 2010 that Douglas had his breakout season, playing every game and winning the Club Champion Award and the Coaches Award. He followed this with a second place finish in 2013. Douglas has been fortunate with injuries, until 2019 where he missed 11 weeks early in the season with an ankle injury. As a result of this good run, Douglas played his 200th game in 2017, and has his 250th in sight.
Whilst known for his class and finesse, Douglas had also emerged as one of Adelaide’s key leaders. As a result of his professional and caring presence at the club, Douglas was awarded the ‘Phil Walsh Best Team Man’ in 2013 and consequently became a senior leader ahead of the 2014 season. He has won this award two more times, in 2017 and 2018, and was awarded Life Membership in 2015.