DOB: 10 May 1977
From: North Adelaide/Fitzroy/Richmond - Trade for selection #21, 2003 Draft
Number: 4 2004-2008
Games: 66 (191 total)
Goals: 55 (179 total)
The brother of Hawk forward Nick was originally drafted by Fitzroy in 1994 but chose to stay in South Australia. The Lions traded his rights to Richmond at the end of the 1995 season and he made his debut in 1996.
Though used mostly as a forward he also spent some time in defence with the Tigers, most notably in the 2001 season when Richmond made a rare finals appearance. With his stocks at an all time high he was offered a significant contract to return to Adelaide and initially decided on the move before changing his mind and staying at Punt Road. The next year he was forced to undergo a knee reconstruction.
It later emerged that he had allegedly been promised inducements to stay at Richmond that hadn't been paid, and Holland took civil action against former Tigers president Clinton Casey. The two parties settled out of court in January 2009.
Traded to the Demons for selection 21 in the 2003 Draft (Alex Gilmour), it was initially expected that he would play as a defender.
Much maligned as a forward, competing for space with Neitz and Robertson, Holland finally made it to the backline in his later years - most notably beating Anthony Rocca during the upset Queen's Birthday win in Round 11, 2007. Rocca got some measure of revenge later in the season when he fell heavily on Holland in the Round 20 rematch and broke the big man's collarbone.
Retained on the list for a final year Holland struggled to get into the side and played a farewell game against his old team in Round 22, 2008 before retiring.
|Round 19, 2004||Striking||Not Guilty|
|Round 10, 2005||Striking||Reprimand|
|Round 7, 2007||Contact to the face||Reprimand|
afl.com.au - 07/11/2003