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Grand Final Experience 'Unreal': Kelly

It’s been nearly a month since the GIANTS tasted defeat on the biggest stage, but for GIANTS vice-captain Josh Kelly, the Grand Final experience is one that will only serve to help the GIANTS in 2020.

10:49am  Oct 15, 2019

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Josh
Kelly

Height
184 cm
DOB
12-02-1995
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2019
18
Career
118
Goals
2019
14
Career
77
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1990
Avg
111
JoshKelly

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: East Brighton Vampires JFC
Debut: 2014
Recruited from: East Brighton/Sandringham U18
Brownlow Votes: 37
Community Ambassador: Blacktown JFC

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Player Bio

Josh Kelly grew up in Melbourne’s south east, beginning his football career as an Auskicker at East Brighton before being drafted from the Sandringham Dragons by the GIANTS at pick two in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft. Kelly is the son of Phil Kelly who played 61 games as a wingman for North Melbourne in the 1980s. He won the GIANTS Rising Star Award in his first season and become a mainstay of the GIANTS midfield in just a few short years. Kelly was elevated into the club's official leadership group ahead of the 2017 season in just his fourth year in the AFL and after a stunning 2017 season was named co-vice-captain in 2018. Kelly is one of the competition’s elite midfielders.

The GIANTS badly missed the 2017 club champion and All-Australian when he was out for a total of eight games last season, mainly due to a groin injury. A bout of concussion and a knee injury that ended his season during the finals also made it a tough year for Kelly, but when he was on the field, his star quality shone through. The gun midfielder averaged 26.3 disposals, 5.6 inside 50s and 5.1 tackles in his 16 matches to poll 10 votes in the Brownlow Medal. Like his teammates Toby Greene, Zac Williams and Brett Deledio, the GIANTS need to ensure Kelly gets his body right for a full year so they can reap the benefits of his abilities as both an inside and outside on-baller.

The rising star moved from the wing to a more permanent role in the midfield in 2017 and, despite plenty of media attention over his contract status, produced a breakout season. Kelly set a new club mark for disposals (708) and tackles (156) on his way to winning All-Australian selection and his first club champion award, also with a record number of votes. Gathered 25-plus possessions in 20 of his 24 games and kicked 19 goals for the year. His 43 touches against West Coast in round 22 was also a record at the GIANTS. Kelly turned his back on a host of massive offers when he signed a new two-year contract during the finals, in what must rank as perhaps the most important retention in the club’s short history. With quality skills by hand and foot, outstanding vision and the ability to move in and out of traffic with ease, Kelly looks a future captain having been made co-vice-captain in March.

Kelly finished a breakout year with a fourth placing in the GIANTS club champion after cementing himself in the club's best 22. Racked up 566 disposals at 23.6 a game and didn't miss a match after a huge pre-season helped develop his body to handle the rigours of the AFL. Kelly's outstanding ball use by foot was a highlights, as was his hard running on the wing, and he also contributed 14 goals for the year. The number two pick in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft will enter this season as a 22-year-old and his potential upside is phenomenal.

The 2013 No.2 draft pick managed 18 games in 2015 after an impressive debut season. The silky left-footer showed his talent, albeit there were times when he drifed in and out of games. Had a couple of stints in the NEAFL but that is all part of a steep learning curve. Will be looking to establish himself in the club's best 22 early in 2016.

Bursting on to the AFL scene with an eye-catching performance as a substitute in round two, Kelly lived up to expectations with an outstanding rookie campaign. Playing 18 games, he averaged more than 17 disposals and three tackles a game to take out the club’s rising star award. He showed his faith in the GIANTS’ direction by extending his contract until the end of 2017.

The GIANTS are thrilled to have secured the medium-sized midfielder, who boasts endurance, composure and strong decision-making skills and is an elite kick on his preferred left foot. A standout at the NAB AFL Under-18 Championships, he earned All-Australian honours after averaging 27 possessions and five marks a game.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 18
    • Kicks 15.9
    • Handballs 12.2
    • Disposals 28.2
    • Marks 3.8
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 5.4
    • Goals 0.8
    • AFL Fantasy 110.6

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 North Melbourne Rd 13
Handballs 18 Geelong Cats Rd 4
Disposals 36 Gold Coast Suns Rd 11
Marks 7 North Melbourne Rd 13
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 10 Melbourne Rd 10
Goals 3 Western Bulldogs FW1
AFL Fantasy 148 North Melbourne Rd 13

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 11 11 22 3 0 1 0 7 1 1 100
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 14 18 32 6 0 1 0 4 0 1 114
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 15 14 29 4 0 1 0 5 0 0 106
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 19 12 31 2 0 0 2 7 1 2 117
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 16 10 26 4 0 1 0 9 0 0 117
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 19 16 35 7 0 0 1 3 0 1 120
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 16 15 31 3 0 2 0 10 1 0 135
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 21 15 36 7 0 3 1 5 1 0 140
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 18 16 34 5 0 1 1 4 2 1 128
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 22 13 35 7 0 1 0 7 1 0 148
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 18 10 28 6 0 0 0 5 1 2 120
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 12 14 26 1 0 1 0 5 0 1 89
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood W 122 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide W 55 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans W 83 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn L 29 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs L 65 - 126 11 14 25 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 75
23 Gold Coast Suns W 55 - 127 19 8 27 6 0 1 0 4 2 0 120
FW1 Western Bulldogs W 113 - 55 13 9 22 1 0 4 0 2 3 1 91
SF Brisbane Lions W 80 - 83 17 9 26 3 0 0 0 2 1 1 93
PF Collingwood W 52 - 56 20 7 27 2 0 2 1 8 0 0 111
GF Richmond L 114 - 25 6 9 15 2 0 0 0 6 0 0 66
TOTAL W: 16 - L: 10 287 220 507 69 0 20 7 97 14 11 1990

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 118
    • Kicks 12.9
    • Handballs 11.2
    • Disposals 24.0
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.7
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 94.1

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 29 Carlton Rd 20, 2018
Handballs 25 West Coast Eagles Rd 22, 2017
Disposals 43 West Coast Eagles Rd 22, 2017
Marks 9 Melbourne Rd 21, 2014
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 13, 2014
Tackles 15 Collingwood Rd 2, 2018
Goals 3 Western Bulldogs FW1, 2019
AFL Fantasy 166 Gold Coast Suns Rd 12, 2018

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 287 220 507 69 0 20 7 97 14 11 1990
2018 GWS Giants 253 168 421 58 0 14 11 82 10 13 1651
2017 GWS Giants 338 370 708 85 0 22 20 156 19 24 2733
2016 GWS Giants 301 265 566 90 0 13 12 94 14 16 2156
2015 GWS Giants 172 150 322 70 0 11 12 66 7 12 1319
2014 GWS Giants 168 144 312 55 1 4 8 58 13 7 1255

Legend

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Handballs
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Disposals
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Marks
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Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
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Frees Against
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Tackles
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Goals
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Behinds
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AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2013 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GIANTS) No.2 overall

Player Honours

AFL Awards

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2014

All Australian 2017

Club Awards

GIANTS Co-Vice-Captain 2018, 2019

Kevin Sheedy Medallist 2017

Rising Star Award 2014

Coaches Award 2016

Goal of the Year 2018