Brett Johnson (Australian footballer)

Brett Johnson (born 28 October 1981) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL) for Hawthorn and Carlton. He also captained Williamstown Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Raised in Western Australia where he captained the state Under 18 team, he moved to Victoria when he got drafted into the AFL.

Brett Johnson
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-10-28) 28 October 1981
Original team(s) Swan Districts (WAFL)
Debut Round 16, 23 June 2000, Hawthorn
vs. Collingwood, at Colonial Stadium
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2000–2003 Hawthorn 38 (10)
2004–2005 Carlton 32 0(9)
Total 70 (19)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2005.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

A midfielder, Johnson was selected in the 1999 AFL Draft at pick No. 23. He was recruited to Hawthorn where he spent four seasons from 2000–2003 before being traded to Carlton for pick No. 51 (Matthew Ball). He spent a lot of time at the Hawks playing for its VFL-affiliate, the Box Hill Hawks, but Carlton's willingness to give recycled players another chance to resurrect their careers saw Johnson join the Blues. He spent two seasons at Carlton, playing 32 games, before being delisted at the end of the 2005 season.

VFL career

After his AFL career, Johnson had a successful VFL career at Williamstown. He joined the Seagulls in 2006 and was club captain from 2007–2011.[1] He has twice finished second in the J. J. Liston Trophy (2006 and 2008), represented the VFL in interstate matches in 2007, 2008 and 2010 (in the last of which he was captain), was selected in the VFL team of the year in 2006, 2007 and 2008 (in the last of which he was captain), and won the Seagulls' Best and Fairest in 2008 and 2010.[2] As captain, Johnson led the Seagulls to victory in the inaugural Foxtel Cup competition in 2011.[3] He played a total of 124 games for Williamstown, and kicked 77 goals.[4] He is a life member of the VFL, after having played his 175th league game in 2011.[5]

After Football

Johnson retired from the VFL at the end of 2011 to focus on his full-time job at the AFL Players Association. He took on the senior playing-coaching role at the Montrose Football Club in the Eastern Football League, leading them to a premiership win and promotion to 1st Division in 2013.[6]


  1. Sportingpulse, Williamstown Honour Board, 2 Feb 2008, Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  2. VFL Record - Round 10, "Brett Johnson", 17 June 2010, Retrieved 28 April 2011.
  3. Schmook, Nathan (6 August 2011). "Seagulls claim inaugural Foxtel Cup". Australian Football League. Archived from the original on 10 August 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  4. "Williamstown FC Hall of Fame Inductees". Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. Esposito, Michael, "Top Seagull retires", Star: Williamstown, Altona, Laverton, Melbourne, VIC, p. 40
  6. Ward, Roy (8 November 2011). "EFL: Brett Johnson aiming high for Montrose". Maroondah Weekly. Archived from the original on 11 April 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
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