Daniel Gorringe

Daniel Gorringe (born 2 June 1992) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Gold Coast Suns and the Carlton Blues. He played in the SANFL for Norwood and was named in the All-Australian team in 2010 and was touted early as one of Australia's best junior footballers. [1] He was drafted by Gold Coast with pick 10 in the 2010 national draft.[2] He made his debut against the Western Bulldogs in round 3, 2011[3] and struggled with injuries throughout his AFL career.[4] In 2015 newly appointed Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade delisted Gorringe, rumours surfaced their relationship was toxic and had numerous confrontations. Carlton Football Club picked up Gorringe in 2015 as a delisted free agent.[5] After two years at Carlton he retired due to his consistent achillies injuries where he required several surgeries to fix ongoing issues.[4]

Daniel Gorringe
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-06-02) 2 June 1992
Original team(s) Norwood (SANFL)
Draft No. 10, 2010 national draft
Height 200 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 97 kg (214 lb)
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
2011–2015 Gold Coast 22 0(7)
2016–2017 Carlton 04 0(4)
Total 26 (11)
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Early life

As a teenager, he played for SANFL Norwood's senior side for most of 2010.[2] He averaged 21 hit-outs per game in the 2010 AFL Under 18 Championships and, being one of the best performed players, was named in the ruck in the All-Australian team.[1] As a result of his good form, he was drafted by Gold Coast with pick 10 in the 2010 national draft.[2]

AFL career

Gold Coast (20112015)

Gorringe faced numerous injuries to his ankle and hamstring in 2011 and only managed to play seven games, including Gold Coast's first two wins.[6] His injury problems continued in 2012 when he injured his Achilles, which took him out for almost the whole season.[7] In 2013 he stayed fit enough to play nine AFL games for Gold Coast as a useful ruckman and key forward[8] and signed a contract extension to the end of 2015.[9]

In 2014 Gorringe had another achilles injury. Late in the season he recovered to play three AFL games, but a knee injury ended his season prematurely.[10] At the end of the season Gorringe attempted to secure a trade to Port Adelaide, but when Essendon ruckman Patrick Ryder became available to Port Adelaide he was left to finish out his contract at Gold Coast.[11] In 2015 more injuries and poor form meant he was only able to play two AFL games. Towards the end of the season his form in the North East Australian Football League playing for Gold Coast's reserves team started to improve and he was looking to move to another club.[12] He was delisted in October 2015[13] and in November, he was recruited by Carlton as a delisted free agent.[5]

Carlton (20162017)

Gorringe got his first opportunity to play an AFL game for Carlton when Carlton's primary ruckman Matthew Kreuzer was injured.[14] He played against North Melbourne, matching up against one of the AFL's best ruckmen in Todd Goldstein. He was dominated by Goldstein throughout the match, which Carlton lost.[15] He played four AFL games before a hip injury ended his season.[16] He faced yet another injury in the 2017 pre-season when he injured his Achilles again.[17] At the end of the season his constant injuries were too much and he retired from football, having played just 26 games across 7 seasons.[4]

Player profile

Gorringe played primarily as a ruckman, but he also had the versatility to play as a key defender when needed.[18] He had a great leap to help him with ruck work and was also very mobile, giving him his versatility.[6] Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni said he "has an excellent leap and the ability to move around the ground is a mark of his athleticism".[19] His versatility was a weakness while he was playing for Gold Coast as he had difficulty finding his place in the club, one of the reasons he struggled to play many AFL games.[20]


In late July 2019, Gorringe began posting a series of humorous memories of his footballing career to social media, gaining a large audience among football fans. The stories included not kicking an open goal as he was instructed not to kick[21], being verbally sacked in the opening rounds of his final season with Gold Coast and agreeing to no exit meeting and being allowed to "just continue drinking beers"[22], finding out he had been dropped by the AFL app on multiple occasions[23], retiring before being delisted because "retirement looks better next to my name in the papers and on the internet"[24], abusing Gold Coast staff after believing he was being traded only for no such trade to take place[25], and faking a hamstring injury to avoid embarrassment after gastro caused him to defecate during a game[26]. The twitter account gained Gorringe the most attention arguably of his career, with his tweets shared on multiple media outlets, and Gorringe being interviewed on Triple M about his stories.[27] Gorringe received a writing role with Sportsbet after his new found fame.[28]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season [29]

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2011 Gold Coast 4772125345996260.
2012 Gold Coast 471001782310.
2013 Gold Coast 15930466010624131020.
2014 Gold Coast 1531118163445540.
2015 Gold Coast 15210611173760.
2016 Carlton 37443272552178361.
2017 Carlton 370
Career 26 11 5 123 153 276 59 42 225 0.4 0.2 4.7 5.9 10.6 2.3 1.6 8.7


  1. Turner, Matt (30 July 2011). "Gorringe tipped for AFL action". The Messenger. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 9 August 2012.
  2. AFL Record Season Guide 2011. AFL Media. 2011. p. 166. ISSN 1839-8383.
  3. Smart, Nick (11 April 2011), "Close but no cigar for Suns teen", The Gold Coast Bulletin
  4. Navaratnam, Dinny (31 August 2017). "Blues cut two more as tall pair retire". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  5. "Blues boost ruck stocks with delisted free agent Gorringe". AFL.com.au. Bigpond. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. AFL Record Season Guide 2012. AFL Media. 2012. p. 167. ISSN 1839-8383.
  7. AFL Record Season Guide 2013. AFL Media. 2013. p. 165. ISSN 1839-8383.
  8. AFL Record Season Guide 2014. AFL Media. 2014. p. 170. ISSN 1839-8383.
  9. "Port need to do some clever recruiting". theroar.com.au. The Roar. 31 August 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  10. AFL Record Season Guide 2015. AFL Media. 2015. p. 167. ISSN 1839-8383.
  11. Edmund, Sam (16 October 2014). "Daniel Gorringe lashes out after Gold Coast and Port Adelaide fail to strike deal". Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  12. Beveridge, Riley (15 September 2015). "AFL Market Watch: Daniel Gorringe to leave Gold Coast, Aaron Hall in demand, Mitch Brown in form". foxsports.com.au. Fox Sports. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  13. "Three delisted ahead of List Lodgement deadline". GoldCoastFC.com.au. Bigpond. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  14. "Weitering ready to go, Gorringe for Blue debut". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  15. King, Travis (21 May 2016). "Five talking points: North Melbourne v Carlton". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  16. AFL Record Season Guide 2017. AFL Media. 2017. p. 72. ISSN 1839-8383.
  17. Schmook, Nathan (25 February 2017). "Achilles injury could sideline big Blue". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  18. Jackson, Ed (7 April 2015). "Suns 'have done nothing', says Daniel Gorringe". AFL.com.au. Australian Football League. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  19. Murnane, Matt (9 November 2015). "Carlton sign ruckman Daniel Gorringe as delisted free agent". The Age. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  20. Boswell, Tom (22 January 2016). "Former Gold Coast Suns player Daniel Gorringe plots AFL career comeback at Carlton". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  21. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1153608217148047360
  22. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1154321845354504192
  23. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1156869145935220743
  24. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1157964903350595586
  25. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1159039607696064512
  26. https://twitter.com/GorringeDaniel/status/1161542121389809666
  27. https://www.triplem.com.au/story/the-hilarious-story-behind-daniel-gorringe-s-failed-trade-to-port-adelaide-in-2014-145296
  28. https://news.sportsbet.com.au/afl/daniel-gorringes-diaries-bye-week/
  29. Daniel Gorringe's player profile at AFL Tables
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