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James Kelly (Australian footballer)

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Full name  James Kelly
Name  James Kelly
Weight  84 kg
Nominations  AFL Rising Star
Place of birth  Victoria, Australia
Height  1.83 m
Career start  2002

Nickname(s)  Kell, Pops, The Custodian
Date of birth  (1983-12-29) 29 December 1983 (age 32)
Draft  17th overall, 2001 Geelong
Height/Weight  1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) / 85 kg
Role  Australian Rules Footballer
Original team  Rupertswood Football Netball Club, Calder Cannons

James Kelly (born 29 December 1983) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played with the Geelong Football Club for fourteen seasons from 2002 to 2015.


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AFL career

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Since 2001, Kelly has played with the Geelong Football Club. Playing as an on-baller in the powerful midfield, he has shown capability in gaining many possessions and running well, as well as showing great courage. Kelly, is a natural born leader who has played a pivotal role in Geelong's dominant era, one of only twelve players to play in all three of Geelong's recent premierships.

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He was a member of Geelong's 2006 NAB Cup Premiership team, as well as the drought-breaking 2007 AFL Premiership Team. He was also a member of Geelong's losing side in the 2008 Grand Final and their victorious sides in the 2009 and 2011 Grand Finals. He was delisted at the end of the 2015 AFL season, despite averaging 20.5 disposals in 17 games, he subsequently retired from the AFL before signing with the Essendon Football Club in January 2016 as a top-up player in the wake of the club's supplements scandal. Under the player top-up rules, he was delisted at the conclusion of the 2016 season, however, in November he re-signed with Essendon during the delisted free agency period.


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2016 season

Personal life

In 2008, Kelly was an ambassador for an anti-alcohol-fuelled violence campaign run by the Geelong Advertiser titled "Just Think". In this role, Kelly appeared in advertising alongside fellow ambassadors, and Geelong teammates, Tom Harley and David Wojcinski.



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  • 3× AFL Premiership (2007, 2009, 2011)
  • 2× AFL Pre-Season Premiership (2006, 2009)
  • All-Australian team 2011
  • Jim Stynes Medal 2011
  • AFL Rising Star nominee: 2001
  • Geelong

  • Geelong FC Best First Year Player Award (2002)
  • VFL Premiership Player (2002)
  • TAC Cup

  • TAC Cup Premiership Player (2001)
  • TAC Cup Team of the Year (2001)
  • References

    James Kelly (Australian footballer) Wikipedia

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