DOB: 11 August 1977
From: Mallee Park/Port Adelaide/North Melbourne/Port Adelaide. Traded with 2005 National Draft picks #54 and #62 for picks #44 and #60
Number: 33 (2006-2007)
Games: 29 (204 total)
Goals: 16 (177 total)
The controversial hard-man, who had been responsible for some of the biggest hits in modern day football history might have graduated from Port's junior sides to their inaugural AFL squad but refused the offer citing homesickness and a wish to stay in Port Lincoln. Nevertheless he nominated for the draft at the end of the year and was picked by North Melbourne
After playing one game late in 1997, Pickett won the Rising Star award and played in a grand final during his first full year. The next season he played in a premiership, and he appeared in a total of 120 games for the Kangaroos. He won a premiership in 1999.
He didn't curb his aggressive style of play at the Demons, breaking Fremantle's Ryan Crowley cheekbone with a shepherd in Round 7, 2006, but while he was never suspended at Melbourne he suffered hamstring injuries which cost him a month in his first year.
Pickett had a slow start to 2007 as he was lacking match fitness, and he eventually played nine games but spent four weeks playing for Sandringham after failing to turn up for the Round 7 match against the Bulldogs. It was revealed that he had sent Neale Daniher a text message to tell him that he was too hungover to play.
|Round 1, 2005||Wrestling||$900 fine|
Age - 20/06/07