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Michael
Johnson

Height
195 cm
DOB
20-10-1984
Weight
88 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2016
4
Career
209
Goals
2016
0
Career
63
2016 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
267
Avg
67
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

OUTLOOK
Will look to regain his All Australian form after missing eight weeks with a hamstring injury
 in 2015. He remains one of the most highly skilled defenders in the league, constantly setting up attack with his ball use and ability to read the play.

WHAT THE COACH SAYS (Michael Prior)

He had a really good pre-season except for some minor setbacks. Has really grown as
a leader, which was evident when the team selected him as part of the leadership group. Has had a huge impact in the development of our younger key defenders as well.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

  • 2016 Season Average
    Games Played 4
    • Kicks 11.5
    • Handballs 4.0
    • Disposals 15.5
    • Marks 7.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.8
    • Tackles 0.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 66.8

2016 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 14 Carlton Rd 5
Handballs 6 Gold Coast Suns Rd 2
Disposals 19 Carlton Rd 5
Marks 9 Carlton Rd 5
Hit-outs 2 West Coast Eagles Rd 3
Tackles 1 North Melbourne Rd 4
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 79 Carlton Rd 5

2016 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Western Bulldogs L 103 - 38 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 Gold Coast Suns L 100 - 126 11 6 17 6 1 1 1 1 0 0 66
3 West Coast Eagles L 92 - 59 9 2 11 5 2 2 0 1 0 0 54
4 North Melbourne L 132 - 101 12 3 15 8 0 0 1 1 0 1 68
5 Carlton L 68 - 72 14 5 19 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 79
6 Adelaide Crows L 97 - 64 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 GWS Giants L 77 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 116 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Richmond L 45 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 St Kilda L 101 - 67 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Essendon W 126 - 47 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions W 64 - 147 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Port Adelaide W 86 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Collingwood L 85 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Melbourne L 87 - 55 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Geelong Cats L 61 - 78 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Gold Coast Suns L 105 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Sydney Swans L 47 - 137 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 West Coast Eagles L 64 - 110 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Adelaide Crows L 70 - 142 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 GWS Giants L 129 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Western Bulldogs W 69 - 49 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 4 - L: 18 46 16 62 28 3 3 2 3 0 1 267

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 209
    • Kicks 11.1
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 17.2
    • Marks 5.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.7
    • Tackles 1.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 71.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 22 Western Bulldogs Rd 24, 2011
Handballs 14 Geelong Cats Rd 15, 2008
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
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: Spanky Johnson, it comes from a movie called Life with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence

Best holiday in life: I had a good time in London a couple of years ago

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Toughen up princess

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: A sports teacher

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: I don’t live by any motto

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Jon Griffin, he is pretty switched on away from the club and it’s good to pick his brain

Morning or evening person, why: Morning, I like to get up with the birds and take advantage of the rest of the day

Favourite timeslot to play in, why: Friday night because every AFL supporter will be tuning in to watch it

Favourite footy journalist: Adrian Barich

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Dennis Cometti

Worst injury: Hurting my back a couple of years ago

How many text messages do you send a day: About five

Three phone apps you can’t live without: Instagram, NBA and AFL

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Don’t have Twitter

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: I don’t have any

Best concert you’ve been to: Beyoncè

Where did you holiday after last season: I went to Port Douglas with my family

Favourite sport other than football: Basketball

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: Downhill mountain biking

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes I can

Do you iron your own shirts: Always

Favourite restaurant: Miss Chows in Claremont

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: Bear Grylls, Clancee Pearce and bathers

Any special hobbies or interests: I love to take my car off-road and go trekking through the bush with a few of the other boys

Three famous people you would like to meet: Michael Jordan, Will Smith and Barrack Obama

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: My car