Junior Club: Leongatha (VIC)
AFL Debut: 2005
Recruited from: Gippsland U18
Brownlow votes: 50
The news everyone was hoping for was confirmed in early December when Roughead declared he was cancer-free and ready to resume training. It brought closure to a shocking year for the Hawk vice-captain, which started with surgery in January to repair a torn posterior cruciate ligament followed by the revelation in May that the melanoma had returned, this time in his chest. It meant Roughead didn’t get on to the ground at all in 2016 and, not only did it leave a leadership void, the Hawks sadly missed both his scoring power and his ability to play as a mobile, powerful midfielder able to win key clearances, an element to his game that was developing strongly before his dual setbacks last year.
Player honours: 2nd best and fairest 2013; 3rd best and fairest 2014; All-Australian 2013, 2014; International Rules Series 2015; Coleman Medal 2013; leading goalkicker 2013, 2014; NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2005; premiership sides 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015.
Brownlow Medal: career votes 50.
Draft history: 2004 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Hawthorn) No. 2 overall.