Kyle Hardingham

Kyle Hardingham (born 1 September 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Essendon Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Kyle Hardingham
Personal information
Full name Kyle Hardingham
Date of birth (1988-09-01) 1 September 1988
Original team(s) East Fremantle
Draft 7th overall, 2009 Pre-Season Draft
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Defender
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2010–2014 Essendon 65 (21)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2014.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Hardingham was selected by Essendon with the seventh pick in the 2010 AFL Pre-Season Draft. Originally from East Fremantle in the WAFL, he represented Western Australia in the state game against South Australia in 2009.[1]

He made his AFL debut against North Melbourne in round 17 of the 2010 AFL season, kicking four goals, helping Essendon achieve an upset victory by 3 points.[2] The following Friday night, he kicked two goals in a win against St Kilda. He managed to kick two goals once again in the next game, a 76-point loss to Carlton, although he also kicked two behinds as part of the wayward kicking by the entire Essendon team, which managed 9.19 for the night.

Hardingham was delisted at the conclusion of the 2014 AFL season.[3] He remained with Essendon as a VFL-listed player in its reserves team in 2016.[4]

Hardingham, along with 33 other Essendon players, was found guilty of using a banned performance-enhancing substance, thymosin beta-4, as part of Essendon's sports supplements program during the 2012 season. He and his teammates were initially found not guilty in March 2015 by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal,[5] but a guilty verdict was returned in January 2016 after an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency. He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 season.[6]

Following his suspension, Hardingham signed as a playing coach at Pascoe Vale in the Essendon District Football League (EDFL).[4]


Statistics are correct to end of the 2012 season.[7][8]
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
Career 49 9 8 411 232 643 222 89 0.2 0.2 8.4 4.7 13.1 4.5 1.8
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles


  1. WA state team player ratings from clash with South Australia
  2. Bombers take some heat off Knights
  3. "2014 List Changes". Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  4. Chris Cavanagh (7 October 2016). "=Former AFL players Kyle Hardingham and Adam Contessa to share coaching role at Pascoe Vale". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  5. Twomey, Callum (31 March 2015). "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges". Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  6. Travis King (12 January 2016). "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016". Australian Football League. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  7. "Kyle Hardingham statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
  8. "Kyle Hardingham of the Essendon Bombers Career AFL Stats". Retrieved 23 September 2012.
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