Debut: AFL 2005
Recruited from: Leongatha/Gippsland U18
Brownlow Votes: -
No ‘Buddy’? No worries for Roughead, who revelled in his role as the No. 1 key forward at Hawthorn, kicking 75 goals for the season and leading the Hawks in contested marking. His athleticism and power remained a feature of his game, which allowed him to enjoy bursts through the midfield, and his set-shot kicking has become totally reliable. Beneath his genial and carefree nature lies a fearsome competitor and it was his bone-jarring tackle on Dan Hannebery in the first quarter of the Grand Final that helped pave the way for Hawthorn’s dominant win. He is in the prime of his career and well and truly in the discussion about the great key forwards in Hawk history.
Draft history: 2004 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Hawthorn) No. 2 overall.