DOB: 29 January 1979
Games: 47 (170 total)
Goals: 10 (56 total)
From: Terang/Geelong Falcons/Essendon. Traded with selection #17 for selection #12 at the 2002 National Draft
Number: 1 2003-2005
Heffernan began his career with the Bombers in 1997 and had graduated into one of their most important players by the time they were dominating the 2000 season. In Round 7, 1999 Heffernan was outed for two weeks for striking future teammate James McDonald.
In the 2000 Grand Final he shut down Brownlow Medallist Shane Woewodin, but saw his 2001 season marred by a knee injury. Heffernan played all but one game for the Bombers in 2002 but had a poor finish in the club's best and fairest before salary cap pressures squeezed him out of the side.
Heffernan was traded to Melbourne along with National Draft Pick #17 for Melbourne's #12 Pick at the end of 2002, just months after signing a three year contract with the Bombers. The move prompted the Players Association to introduce a rule that players couldn't be traded within 12 months of signing a new deal.
Debuting for Melbourne in 2003, Heffernan continued to play solid consistent football. He suffered a broken cheekbone in the round 18 match against the Bulldogs, but played on. The next week he also hurt his ankle. Heffernan played one more game before ending his 2003 season two weeks early.
His 2004 season started disappointingly, and after being dropped for the first game of the year it took him a month to break into the first team. He missed the 2004 Elimination Final against his old side after being suspended for striking Eagle Daniel Chick in the Demons round 22 loss in Perth.
Heffernan's performances dropped in 2005 and he much of the year at Sandringham and played their VFL premiership side. It was stark contrast to his Essendon days when he was highly touted as an effective midfielder, and at the end of the year he was delisted, only to be picked up by his old club in the 2005 Pre-Season Draft, returning to his best in the 2006 season.
Heffernan announced his retirement at the end of 2007, at the age of 28. He then worked for Duetsche Bank in New York for three years before returning home. In 2011 he became a director of Essendon.
|Round 7, 2004||Tripping||Not Guilty|
|Round 22, 2004||Striking||1 match|
"Ex-Don a Demon for punishment" - The Age 15/08/2003