Nathan Jones (Australian footballer)

Nathan Jones (born 20 January 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He is the older brother of St Kilda player, Zak Jones.[2] He served as the captain of Melbourne from 2014 until he stepped down at the end of 2019 season.

Nathan Jones
Jones playing for Melbourne in June 2019
Personal information
Full name Nathan Jones
Nickname(s) Jonesy, Chunk[1]
Date of birth (1988-01-20) 20 January 1988
Original team(s) Dandenong Stingrays (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 12, 2005 national draft
Debut Round 17, 2006, Melbourne
vs. Western Bulldogs, at MCG
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Melbourne
Number 2
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006 Melbourne 286 (138)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2019.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Early life

Jones played for the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup during his junior career and was selected to play for Vic Metro in the 2005 AFL Under 18 Championships. He was named in the Under 18 All Australian team as a follower.[3] He played in the TAC Cup Grand Final for Dandenong in 2005 and collected 36 disposals, however, they were defeated by 15-points to Gippsland Power.

Growing up, he was a St Kilda supporter.[4]

AFL career

Jones was drafted to Melbourne with their first selection and the 12th overall in the 2005 national draft.[5] He made his debut against the Western Bulldogs in round 17, 2006 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and played the remaining eight games for the season, including the elimination final win against St Kilda and the semi-final loss to Fremantle. After his fourth match, he earned the round 20 Rising Star nomination for his game against the Kangaroos, where he collected 25 disposals.[5] After Melbourne were eliminated from the finals, he played for Melbourne's VFL-affiliate team, Sandringham, and played in their premiership side.

Jones played 21 games during 2007 and earned a second Rising Star nomination after the round 17 loss to Port Adelaide. He finished third in the award behind Joel Selwood and Scott Pendlebury and received 17 votes out of a possible 45.[5] He was the runner-up in Melbourne's best and fairest with 190 votes, finishing behind James McDonald who received 260 votes.

Jones cemented himself in Melbourne's side by playing 21 games in 2008, in what was a disappointing year for the club where they finished on the bottom of the ladder. He played 21 matches in 2009, in a year where the club received the wooden spoon for the second consecutive season. After the round 2 match against Collingwood in 2009, Jones' father was attacked by Collingwood fans in an altercation outside the ground.[6] Jones remained a consistent figure in the side where he played every match in 2010 and 2011, including his 100th AFL game in the latter season.[7]

Jones established himself as Melbourne's leading midfielder in 2012 by winning his first Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal as the clubs best and fairest,[8] in addition he polled 14 votes in the Brownlow Medal count to finish inside the top 20. He was named as vice captain prior to the 2013 season.[9]

In May 2013, Jones was appointed as interim co-captain alongside Jack Trengove, replacing the injured Jack Grimes.[10] He played every match during the season and won the best and fairest for the second consecutive season, finishing ahead of Colin Garland.[11]

After the appointment of new coach Paul Roos, Jones was elected as co-captain alongside Jack Grimes for the 2014 season.[12] He played every match for the season, and amassed a career high 610 disposals, the second most in the league during the home-and-away season, as well as having the fourth most clearances.[13] He won his third consecutive Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal, a feat only previously achieved by club champion Jim Stynes.[14]

At the end of 2014, Jones signed a four-year contract extension with the Demons ensuring he would remain a one-club player.[15] In February 2015, after Jack Grimes relinquished the co-captaincy, Jones was announced as sole captain with Lynden Dunn named as vice-captain.[16] He played his 200th AFL game in the round 22 match against Fremantle, however, he suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter which forced him to be substituted out of the game.[17] He finished fifth in the best-and-fairest[18] and despite playing every match for the season, it was announced that he had played most of the season with a neck injury.[19]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season [20]
 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 Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Melbourne 2820644711120250.
2007 Melbourne 22110621914636561860.50.610.46.916.92.93.95
2008 Melbourne 2219621222043265530.40.310.110.520.63.12.50
2009 Melbourne 22081120923444377410.40.610.511.722.23.92.14
2010 Melbourne 22291219822742554620.
2011 Melbourne 222149266241507100680.60.412.
2012 Melbourne 221161026525151645950.80.512.612.
2013 Melbourne 2228723327650946760.40.310.612.523.12.03.46
2014 Melbourne 22276311299610641150.30.314.113.627.72.95.213
2015 Melbourne 22212726825552353950.50.312.211.623.82.44.310
2016 Melbourne 2221011288329617561180.50.513.
2017 Melbourne 21610620723243963860.60.412.914.527.43.95.47
2018 Melbourne 225151028532961466930.60.411.413.
2019 Melbourne 2228524121045183530.
Career 286 138 106 3266 3296 6562 853 1066 0.5 0.4 11.4 11.5 22.9 3.0 3.7 81


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  2. Schmook, Nathan (23 June 2014). "Zak Jones' breath of fresh air". Bigpond. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  3. Sheehan, Kevin (5 July 2005). "NAB AFL U18 Championships - All Australians". Fox Sports Pulse. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  4. Burgan, Matt; Lewis, Georgina (28 August 2015). "Jones' journey to 200 AFL games: part one". Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  5. Lovett, Michael, ed. (February 2015). AFL Record Season Guide 2015. Melbourne, Victoria: AFL Media. p. 512.
  6. Russell, Mark (18 July 2012). "Demon player's father 'bashed for telling abusive Pies fan to calm down'". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
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  11. Hogan, Jesse (5 September 2013). "Jones is top Demon". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  12. Warner, Michael (29 January 2014). "Nathan Jones joins Jack Grimes as co-captain of Melbourne for 2014 season". herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
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  14. Ralph, Jon (4 September 2014). "Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones wins third best and fairest award, Dom Tyson and Bernie Vince follow". The Herald Sun. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
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  17. Malcolm, Alex (30 August 2015). "Dockers seal top spot with easy win over Dees". Bigpond. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
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  19. Pierik, Jon (11 September 2015). "Melbourne Demons captain Nathan Jones to have neck surgery". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
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