Kane Johnson

Kane "Sugar" Johnson (born 15 March 1978) is a former Australian rules footballer and former captain of the Richmond Football Club and dual premiership winner with the Adelaide Crows in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Kane Johnson
Personal information
Full name Kane Johnson
Date of birth (1978-03-15) 15 March 1978
Place of birth Victoria
Original team(s) Ringwood / Eastern Ranges
Draft 27th overall, 1995
Adelaide Crows
Height 187 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1996–2002 Adelaide 104 (44)
2003–2008 Richmond 116 (32)
Total 220 (76)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2007.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com


He began his career with the Adelaide Crows in 1996 and played in their 1997 and 1998 premiership sides before his 20th birthday. Over the years he developed into an outstanding midfielder and became a key member of Adelaide's onball group, but in 2001 requested that he be allowed to return to his home state of Victoria after playing out his contract the following year. The Crows management obliged, and at the end of 2002, Johnson was traded to Richmond for Jason Torney and a complicated exchange of draft picks that saw picks No. 2, No. 18 and No. 32 go from Richmond to Adelaide and picks No. 12, No. 28 and No. 41 go the other way. Whilst there, Johnson became a star player and was rewarded with the captaincy of the club in 2005. This came following Wayne Campbell's decision to step down from the position. While Johnson's 2005 season was not as good as his 2004, he still was among the Tigers' best players.

In 2006 Johnson had an outstanding season, playing as a tagger and keeping many of the game's star players in check. He won the club's best and fairest for his efforts.

Following the 2008 season, Kane Johnson stood aside as captain and was replaced by Chris Newman. He retired on 9 June 2009 after an injury believing the time was right.[1] He remained involved as a development coach for the club for the remainder of the 2009 season.

In 2013, four years post retirement Kane now works with a variety of individuals teaching the ancient art of Qigong with modern philosophies.


In 2014 Kane Johnson had a son with long term girlfriend Charis McKittrick.


 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)
1996 Adelaide 28200336100.
1997 Adelaide 28237621311933296320.
1998 Adelaide 281226956315831150.
1999 Adelaide 28156314510224751120.
2000 Adelaide 2815421279722447240.
2001 Adelaide 281815618811129975290.80.310.
2002 Adelaide 281910925019344377300.50.513.
2003 Richmond 2820101028315443788580.50.514.27.721.94.42.9
2004 Richmond 281933257214471106560.20.213.511.324.85.62.9
2005 Richmond 17185424516741286440.
2006 Richmond 171952202126328104470.
2007 Richmond 172243243197440126700.
2008 Richmond 171852206225431126540.30.111.412.523.97.03.0
Career 220 76 56 2457 1771 4228 1014 471 0.3 0.3 11.2 8.1 19.2 4.6 2.1


  1. Sheahan, Mike (9 June 2009). "Former Richmond captain Kane Johnson calls it quits". AdelaideNow. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  2. Kane Johnson's player profile at AFL Tables
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