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Michael
Johnson

Height
195 cm
DOB
20-10-1984
Weight
92 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2017
10
Career
219
Goals
2017
2
Career
65
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
665
Avg
66
MichaelJohnson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior club: Belmont (WA)
Recruited from: Perth (WA)
Draft information: Pre-Season Draft 2003 - pick 8
Debut: Round 4, 2005 v Richmond
AFL clubs: Fremantle
Career Brownlow votes: 15

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SUMMARY
The ‘General’ of Fremantle’s defence was sorely missed with just four appearances in 2016. Johnson’s experience will be important in 2017.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Roger Hayden)
Michael is looking really sharp after an injury interrupted 2016 and is looking to get back to hold his position and give the team the leadership and guidance across half-back.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Played just four games in 2016 after being forced out for the season with knee and hamstring injuries suffered in round 5 against Carlton.

Johnson was sidelined for eight weeks with a hamstring injury but when he took to the field, was in fine form. Was solid down back and his sublime foot skills are key to Freo’s attack.

Injury prevented the brilliant defender from reaching the heights of his 2013 All Australian season. Johnson was greatly missed in Freo’s finals campaign and will look to get his body right for 2015.

Johnson has been a rock in Fremantle's AFL-leading defence in 2013. His cool play off half-back and his uncompromising courage was a highlight. Johnson also chalked up his 150th Freo game in the round 1 win over West Coast, leaving him eligible for life membership.

Johnson relished the opportunity to return to a permanent role on the half-back line in 2012 and was the club’s best rebound 50 player. Along with Luke McPharlin, he helped form the foundations of a Fremantle defence that ranked second in the AFL for fewest points conceded (behind Sydney).

He thrived as a loose man in the backline, winning the second-most marks in the competition in 2012 with 166 grabs. Only McPharlin finished ahead of him with 171. The majority of Johnson’s marks were uncontested, a category he led the entire AFL in with 149. He used the ball well, ranking 10th in the AFL for effective kicks (244). Most of these were short kicks, as he finished third overall in the competition for this statistic with 170.

Still well in his prime, Johnson has laid the foundations to go on with it in 2013 and will be a vital cog in Freo’s uncompromising backline again. 

Charity partner ambassador: Diabetes WA

Johnson played every game of the season for the first time since 2006 and looked comfortable in a variety of roles. While he didn’t set the world on fire, he was serviceable throughout as a key defender or forward, and a backup ruckman. Johnson finished second overall at Freo for short kicks (98), third for total marks (98) and uncontested marks (79), fourth for contested marks (19) and fifth for hitouts (16). Played a blinder in round 24 with 30 disposals and 11 marks and Freo will be hoping for more of that in 2012.

Johnson was Freo’s Mr fix-it in 2010, playing a variety of roles that included backing up Aaron Sandilands in the ruck and key defensive and forward jobs. The only low point of his year was a club-imposed six-week suspension in the middle of the season.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 10.1
    • Handballs 7.5
    • Disposals 17.6
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.9
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 66.5

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 West Coast Eagles Rd 6
Handballs 15 North Melbourne Rd 5
Disposals 26 North Melbourne Rd 5
Marks 8 Richmond Rd 8
Hit-outs 5 Melbourne Rd 4
Tackles 3 Carlton Rd 9
Goals 1 West Coast Eagles Rd 6
AFL Fantasy 93 North Melbourne Rd 5

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Geelong Cats L 73 - 115 7 7 14 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 50
2 Port Adelaide L 145 - 56 5 10 15 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 47
3 Western Bulldogs W 89 - 73 9 8 17 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 54
4 Melbourne W 104 - 106 9 9 18 5 5 1 1 3 0 0 75
5 North Melbourne W 67 - 62 11 15 26 7 1 2 0 0 1 0 93
6 West Coast Eagles L 103 - 62 15 3 18 5 2 0 0 0 1 0 74
7 Essendon W 116 - 79 12 5 17 5 0 2 1 3 0 0 72
8 Richmond W 70 - 72 12 10 22 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 82
9 Carlton W 86 - 51 13 2 15 6 0 1 0 3 0 0 74
10 Adelaide Crows L 143 - 43 8 6 14 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 44
11 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
15 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
16 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
17 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
19 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 6 - L: 4 101 75 176 52 9 10 9 13 2 0 665

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 219
    • Kicks 11.1
    • Handballs 6.2
    • Disposals 17.3
    • Marks 5.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.7
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Handballs 15 North Melbourne Rd 5, 2017
Disposals 30 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Marks 15 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008
Hit-outs 10 Hawthorn W1, 2010
Tackles 7 Melbourne Rd 16, 2008
Goals 3 Melbourne Rd 13, 2011
AFL Fantasy 141 Brisbane Lions Rd 11, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Fremantle 101 75 176 52 9 10 9 13 2 0 665
2016 Fremantle 46 16 62 28 3 3 2 3 0 1 267
2015 Fremantle 179 92 271 104 4 9 6 9 1 0 1070
2014 Fremantle 242 113 355 110 2 8 4 24 3 2 1396
2013 Fremantle 321 126 447 159 5 18 11 44 5 2 1890
2012 Fremantle 316 150 466 166 4 21 14 52 3 1 1956
2011 Fremantle 201 118 319 98 16 10 13 52 13 10 1416
2010 Fremantle 199 120 319 117 54 20 24 33 17 8 1432
2009 Fremantle 122 47 169 52 14 9 3 18 8 7 757
2008 Fremantle 204 172 376 125 9 10 18 30 5 4 1450
2007 Fremantle 183 130 313 100 13 7 13 36 2 1 1247
2006 Fremantle 270 155 425 154 13 18 16 41 5 4 1763
2005 Fremantle 46 36 82 23 18 4 8 11 1 0 327

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

50 games: Round 18, 2007 v West Coast

100 games:  Round 21, 2010 v Hawthorn

150 games:  Round 1, 2013 v West Coast

200 games: Round 10, 2015 v Richmond

Awards

Club Awards

Fremantle Dockers Life Member 
Inducted in 2013

Best Clubman
2009

AFL Awards

All Australian
2013

Q & A

Nickname: Johnno

AFL club supported as a kid: Fremantle Dockers

Best moment in junior footy: Playing with school friends and enjoying time down at Belmont Footy Club

Before a game I always: Have a massage and then have an ice bath

As a footballer, how would you like to be remembered: Team player

The player from another club you most like to watch: Jesse Hogan

All-time favourite player: Wayne Carey

Etihad Stadium roof – open or shut: Shut

What do you like to do on your days off: Relax and spend time with family

How do you amuse yourself on a plane flight during the footy season: Spend time with Stephen Hill because he’s always got a lot to say

Which singer/band would you like to see perform at the AFL Grand Final: Beyoncé

Who is the king of selfies at your club: Michael Walters

If you could swap jobs with someone, who would it be: Kelly Slater

If you won the lottery, what would you buy first: Upgrade on my car

Favourite city in the world to visit: London

What’s next on your travel bucket list: New Zealand

Childhood hero: My father

Your wife/partner or best friend would describe you as: Annoying

What is your worst trait: Annoying my wife

Least preferred household chore: Anything inside the house

The three most admired people you would like to meet: Michael Jordan, Barrack Obama and Muhammad Ali

Your most treasured possession: My car

Favourite professional sporting team: Miami Heat

Favourite sporting hero: Michael Jordan

Favourite food: Risotto

Favourite movie and movie star: Denzel Washington and anything he is in

Favourite TV show: Don’t watch too much TV

Three things you would like to do after your footy career: Spend more time with the family and travel around Australia