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Nathan Jones

Image DOB: 20 January 1988

Debut: Round 17, 2006 against Western Bulldogs at MCG

From: Mt. Eliza/Dandenong Stingrays, Selection 12, 2005 National Draft

Number: 2 2006-

Honours
Rising Star nominee - Round 20, 2006 vs North Melbourne and Round 17, 2007 vs Port Adelaide
Best and Fairest - 2012, 2013, 2014
Co-Captain - 2014, 2017 -
Captain - 2015 - 2016
Life Member - 2015

Games: 239* (to end 2017)
Goals: 115*
Career Statistics

WinsDrawsLossesWinning %
48315026.00

Statistical categories lead:
Most games by active player: 223* (to end 2016)
Most career disposals : 5497
Most handballs : 2757
Most clearances : 732
Most clangers : 493
Contested Possessions : 1672
Most uncontested possessions : 2796
Equal most Inside 50s : 863
Most Goal Assists - 105
Equal most clangers in a game - 10, Round 20, 2007
Equal most goal assists in a game - 4, Round 3, 2007
Most games by active player
Most goals by active player
Most fined player by the Tribunal - $19,250

An All-Australian high school and Under 18 player who saw his stocks rise even further after a 36 possession game in the 2005 TAC Cup Grand Final, Jones broke into the Demons senior side late in 2006 and maintained his spot right throughout the finals, earning a Rising Star nomination along the way. After the Demons were eliminated Jones returned to the Sandringham and played in their premiership side.

Now a fully established member of the Demon midfield, Jones played 21 games in 2007, earning a second rising star nomination and averaging five tackles a game. Despite the side losing ground on the field and finishing third last Jones finished third overall in the Rising Star award and was second in the Demons' Best and Fairest count.

In the 2008 wooden spoon campaign Jones played 21 games and established himself as one of his side's stars in a disappointing year. 2009 was another consistent season, and with 20 games for the year he was once again one of the better performers in a wooden spoon side. After the Round 2 match against Collingwood Jones' father was attacked by Magpies fans in an altercation outside the ground.

Jones was one of only two Demons to play every game in 2010. Despite being the first time he had played a complete season, the nuggety midfielder struggled at times and late in the year was given a series of tagging roles. Rumours linked him to an end of year trade, possibly to Essendon but he was rewarded with a new contract which tied him to the club until the end of 2012.

He once again played every game in 2011, kicking a career high 14 goals and establishing himself in the Demon midfield. It provided a platform for his career best season in 2012, where he missed just one match and was his side's dominant midfielder despite the team crashing to just four wins for the year.

Five years after finishing second in the Best and Fairest in his second senior season Jones finally won the award.

In May 2013 Jones was appointed caretaker captain in the absence of the injured Jack Grimes, and as the club's most consistent midfielder in their disappointing one game season he played every match for the year and won his second Best and Fairest.

In 2014 Melbourne traded for and drafted more midfielders to help him avoid playing as a lone hand, but he remained one of his side's most consistent players. He appeared in every game again, meaning that he'd only missed one match in five seasons. At the end of the season he won his third consecutive Best and Fairest award.

Jones played every game again in 2015, and was once more one of his side's best players. His run of consecutive Best and Fairest awards ended at three but he still finished fifth in the award. In 2016 he was ever present in the side and played another consistent season in the midfield.

In 2017 he began sharing the captaincy with Jack Viney, and suffered his first ever injury interrupted season. After playing all but one game in the previous seven years a quad injury caused him to miss six games late in the year.

His brother Zak was drafted by the Sydney Swans in the 2013 Draft and made his debut in mid-2014.

YearGamesGoalsBrownlow
2006 822
2007 21105
2008 2190
2009 2084
2010 2291
2011 22141
2012 211614
2013 2287
2014 22713
2015 221210
2016 221011
2017 1610?

Tribunal Record
MatchChargeSanction
Round 9, 2008 Umpire contact $1950 fine
Round 22, 2009 Umpire contact $2850 fine
Round 3, 2012 Umpire contact $900 fine
Round 13, 2012 Melee instigation $1800 fine
Round 13, 2012 Melee $1200 fine
Round 8, 2013 Melee $2100 fine
Round 22, 2014 Umpire contact $1950 fine
Round 3, 2015 Melee $1500 fine
Round 18, 2015 Wrestling $1000 fine
Round 5, 2016 Wrestling $1500 fine
Round 5, 2017 Melee $2500 fine

Lists
Family at other clubs
First draft picks

Media
"Demons re-sign five players" - melbournefc.com.au 04/10/2010

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