Dean Solomon

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.[1]

Dean Solomon
Personal information
Full name Dean Solomon
Date of birth (1980-01-09) 9 January 1980
Original team(s) Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 20, 1997 national draft
Debut Round 5, 1998, Essendon
vs. Collingwood, at MCG
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 102 kg (225 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder / forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
19982006 Essendon 158 (56)
20072009 Fremantle 051 (22)
Total 209 (78)
Coaching career
Years Club Games (W–L–D)
2017 Gold Coast 3 (0–3–0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2009.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early career

Solomon grew up in the small mining town of Broken Hill excelling in basketball, cricket and football though it is the latter in which he held the most promise.

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 then went on to play for the Bendigo Pioneers in the under 18 TAC Cup competition. He was selected in the 1997 AFL Draft by Essendon with a 2nd round selection, number 20 overall.

AFL career

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.[2]

On 18 February 2010 Solomon announced his retirement from AFL football due to a painful degenerative knee injury.[3]

Solomon was an assistant coach with Fremantle in 2010.[4] He joined the new Gold Coast Football Club as an assistant coach in the months before they entered the AFL for the 2011 season.[5]

Playing statistics

 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
1998 Essendon 772138256312130.
1999 Essendon 7194413910524461390.
2000 Essendon 72587196136332115430.
2001 Essendon 72485208119327101550.
2002 Essendon 70
2003 Essendon 7241120243105348103860.50.810.14.414.54.33.6
2004 Essendon 723151724515439979880.70.710.76.717.33.43.8
2005 Essendon 716451306219265450.
2006 Essendon 720431469724372480.
2007 Fremantle 6201110196120316771080.
2008 Fremantle 613771497122070360.50.511.55.516.95.42.8
2009 Fremantle 6184614412526960870.
Career 209 78 85 1834 1119 2953 815 648 0.4 0.4 8.8 5.4 14.1 3.9 3.1

Tribunal history

Season Round Charge category (level) Victim Result Verdict Ref(s)
2004 11 Melee involvement Guilty (accepted fine) $4,500 fine [7]
2005 18 Melee involvement Guilty (accepted fine) $2,400 fine [8]
2006 8 Charging (3) Ben Cousins (West Coast) Not guilty (won at tribunal) [9]
2007 PS-QF Striking (1) Brent Harvey (Kangaroos) Guilty (early plea) Reprimand [10]
6 Misconduct (3) Jason Roe (Brisbane Lions) Guilty (lost at tribunal) 1 match suspension [11]
21 Wrestling Brad Miller (Melbourne) Guilty (accepted fine) $900 fine [11]
2008 1 Rough conduct (1) Shane Wakelin (Collingwood) Guilty (lost at tribunal) 2 matches suspension [12]
8 Wrestling Tom Williams (Western Bulldogs) Guilty (accepted fine) $1,800 fine [12]
15 Striking (6) Cameron Ling (Geelong) Guilty (direct to tribunal) 8 matches suspension [12]


  1. Whiting, Michael (8 August 2017). "Eade out: 'Not even close' on win-loss ratio". BigPond. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  2. Dean Solomon Rubbed Out For 8 Weeks Archived 4 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Football Staff". Gold Coast Football Club. Archived from the original on 10 September 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. Dean Solomon joins Gold Coast
  6. Dean Solomon's player profile at AFL Tables
  7. "Tribunal History in Season 2004". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  8. "Tribunal History in Season 2005". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  9. "Tribunal History in Season 2006". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2009.
  10. "Tribunal History in Season 2007 (pre-season)". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 29 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  11. "Tribunal History in Season 2007". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.
  12. "Tribunal History in Season 2008". AFL Historical Statistics. Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2009.

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