Dustin Martin was drafted by Richmond with the third pick in the 2009 national draft. He made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2010 season. Martin has won three premierships, two Jack Dyer Medals and four All-Australian selections. He was nominated for the 2010 AFL Rising Star award, but was ineligible to win due to suspension. Martin won the Norm Smith Medal as best afield in the grand final in each of his three premiership years.
About Dustin Martin in brief
Dustin Martin was drafted by Richmond with the third pick in the 2009 national draft. He made his AFL debut in the opening round of the 2010 season. Martin has won three premierships, two Jack Dyer Medals and four All-Australian selections among other individual accolades. He was nominated for the 2010 AFL Rising Star award, but was ineligible to win due to suspension. Martin won the Norm Smith Medal as best afield in the grand final in each of his three premiership years. He also won the Gary Ayres Award as the player of the finals series. In 2017, Martin had what was described by AFL legend Leigh Matthews as the greatest ever individual season by a VFLAFL player. Martin was born in Castlemaine, Victoria, to a Māori father, Shane Martin, and an Australian mother, Kathy Knight. His father has family connections to the Ngāti Maru tribe on New Zealand’s north island. Martin is one of three boys, alongside brothers Tyson and Bronson. He moved to Sydney with his father when he was 14 and took up full-time work. He worked various roles at his father’s transport business including as a forklift driver. In total he worked regular twelve hour days, later saying he hated “working long days” in what was “not a very good job. ” After a year in Sydney, Martin moved back to Victoria to live with his mother by late December 2007. He continued to play football, starting off with the Ingleburn Magpies Junior Australian Football Club’s under 16 side.
He stayed for just four matches however, dominating so comprehensively he was moved to the Campbelltown Football Club’s under 18’s team despite being aged only 15. At this time he enquired about joining the Sydney Swans junior academy, but found himself ineligible due to having not lived in Sydney for the required minimum three years. Martin also played four matches for the Bendigo Pioneers TAC Cup team in a month that began to earn him the attention of AFL recruiters. He returned to the Pioneers side the following year and a stand-out player for 11 games with Bendigo, averaging 24.7 disposals and 9 contested possessions. Martin went on to be named Victoria Country Under 18 representative football, missing out on the 2007 under 16 national championships as well as the 2009 AFL Under 18 Championships, averaging 21 touches, 7 contested possessions and 0 goals in five games. In 2012, he was overlooked for an earlier state representative football team and played five games at centre centre. In 2013, Martin was named the best centre half in the TAC Cups team of the year. In 2014, he won the Leigh Matthews Trophy, the AFLCA champion player of. the year award and his second Jack Dyers Medal. In 2015, he became the first player to win all three awards in a single season. In 2016, he also won numerous other accolades, including the LeighMatthews Trophy and his first All- Australian selection.