Daniel Harris (footballer)

Daniel Harris (born 10 May 1982) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the North Melbourne Football Club and Gold Coast Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He played as a midfielder and has been noted as one of the best centre clearance players in the league.[1] He was also one of the league's best tacklers, making the top ten for most tackles in each season between 2006 and 2008.[2][3][4] After being delisted by North Melbourne he was drafted with the first selection in the 2010 Rookie Draft as a mature age rookie to join the new Gold Coast Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) in 2010.

Daniel Harris
Personal information
Full name Daniel Harris
Date of birth (1982-05-10) 10 May 1982
Original team(s) Bendigo Pioneers (VFL)
Draft No. 14, 2000 National Draft, Kangaroos
No. 1, 2010 Rookie Draft, Gold Coast
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 82 kg (181 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2009 North Melbourne 149 (44)
2011 Gold Coast 011 0(2)
Total 160 (46)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

He was drafted with the 14th selection in the 2000 AFL Draft from the Bendigo Pioneers and has played 149 matches for the Kangaroos in his eight seasons at the club. Harris started strongly, winning an AFL Rising Star award nomination in only his second match. However, he only played the next four games before being dropped back to play for the Murray Kangaroos in the VFL. He played only a further two senior games in 2001 and only four games in 2002. The 2004 AFL season would see Harris cement his spot in the side and he only missed two games in the Kangaroo's next five seasons.

At the conclusion of the 2008 season, Harris requested to leave North Melbourne over an apparent feud with coach Dean Laidley.[1]

But a trade was not forthcoming and Harris spent the start of the 2009 playing in the VFL, but returned to play ten games during the season. He was delisted at the end of the season,[5] but joined the Gold Coast Football Club. Harris retired on 16 August 2011 due to an ongoing groin problem. He finished with 160 AFL games.[6]


  1. Barrett, Damian (4 October 2008). "Daniel Harris to leave North Melbourne". News.com.au. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  2. "2006 Stats Summary - Tackles". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  3. "2007 Stats Summary - Tackles". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  4. "2008 Stats Summary - Tackles". AFL Tables. Retrieved 6 October 2008.
  5. Former North Melbourne player Daniel Harris poised for deal with Gold Coast
  6. Broad, Ben (17 August 2011). "Gold Coast midfielder Daniel Harris retires from AFL football". Herald Sun. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
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