Dean Solomon (born 9 January 1980) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club and the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Solomon served as caretaker coach with the Gold Coast Football Club for the last 3 games of the 2017 season, following the departure of head coach Rodney Eade on 7 August 2017.
|Full name||Dean Solomon|
|Date of birth||9 January 1980|
|Original team(s)||Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 20, 1997 national draft|
Round 5, 1998, Essendon|
vs. Collingwood, at MCG
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||102 kg (225 lb)|
|Position(s)||Midfielder / forward|
|2017||Gold Coast||3 (0–3–0)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Playing for the North Broken Hill Football Club, a team with which his family has a long history he received several honours as a junior, along with several junior premierships, however as a 16-year-old he was awarded "best junior" when playing for the league or A-grade team against many large, hard men who would often attempt to physically intimidate him.
Solomon played his last game for North Broken Hill in 1996, unfortunately injuring his fingers and missing a grand final.
Solomon made his AFL debut in 1998 for Essendon and was part of their 2000 premiership team. On numerous occasions, however, Solomon has shown his lack of discipline to be detrimental to his game, one example being the 2005 clash with Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, where Solomon's concession of a 50-metre penalty was considered a turning point in the match, from which Adelaide became big victors.
On 13 October 2006 Solomon was traded to the Fremantle Dockers, following a trade of draft picks No. 42 and No. 47, Fremantle also gained pick No. 52 from the Bombers. He links up with close friend, forward Chris Tarrant who was traded to the Dockers on the same day from Collingwood.
In 2008, Solomon was reported for elbowing Cameron Ling to the head which resulted in broken cheekbones and eye socket and Solomon received an 8-week suspension, the most severe AFL tribunal penalty in 11 years.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|Season||Round||Charge category (level)||Victim||Result||Verdict||Ref(s)|
|2004||11||Melee involvement||—||Guilty (accepted fine)||$4,500 fine|
|2005||18||Melee involvement||—||Guilty (accepted fine)||$2,400 fine|
|2006||8||Charging (3)||Ben Cousins (West Coast)||Not guilty (won at tribunal)||—|
|2007||PS-QF||Striking (1)||Brent Harvey (Kangaroos)||Guilty (early plea)||Reprimand|
|6||Misconduct (3)||Jason Roe (Brisbane Lions)||Guilty (lost at tribunal)||1 match suspension|
|21||Wrestling||Brad Miller (Melbourne)||Guilty (accepted fine)||$900 fine|
|2008||1||Rough conduct (1)||Shane Wakelin (Collingwood)||Guilty (lost at tribunal)||2 matches suspension|
|8||Wrestling||Tom Williams (Western Bulldogs)||Guilty (accepted fine)||$1,800 fine|
|15||Striking (6)||Cameron Ling (Geelong)||Guilty (direct to tribunal)||8 matches suspension|
- Whiting, Michael (8 August 2017). "Eade out: 'Not even close' on win-loss ratio". BigPond. AFL.com.au. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
- Dean Solomon Rubbed Out For 8 Weeks Archived 4 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Football Staff". goldcoastfc.com.au. Gold Coast Football Club. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Dean Solomon joins Gold Coast
- Dean Solomon's player profile at AFL Tables
- "Tribunal History in Season 2004". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
- "Tribunal History in Season 2005". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
- "Tribunal History in Season 2006". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
- "Tribunal History in Season 2007 (pre-season)". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
- "Tribunal History in Season 2007". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
- "Tribunal History in Season 2008". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
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- Dean Solomon's playing statistics from AFL Tables