James Podsiadly (born 10 September 1981) is an Australian rules footballer for Geelong in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted as a mature-aged rookie in the 2010 Rookie Draft.
Podsiadly grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Spotswood. Growing up he played soccer and tennis, and began playing football seriously at the age of 17. When Podsiadly was ten, his grandfather became a significant influence in his life. Podsiadly's grandfather was a soldier in the Polish army during World War II, was captured and spent 12 months in a concentration camp near the German town of Arnsberg. His grandfather and grandmother emigrated to Australia in the mid-1940s.
Originally playing for the Yarraville Football Club and the Western Jets, Podsiadly was recruited by Essendon in the 1999 AFL Rookie Draft with pick 58. After playing 19 games with Essendon's reserves team in the VFL, Podsiadly was de-listed but was once again drafted as Collingwood selected him in the 2001 AFL Rookie Draft with the eighth pick.
Podsiadly played three games for Collingwood in the AFL pre-season competition of 2002. However, he did not play during the regular season and was delisted at the end of the year.
Podsiadly was recruited by the VFL club, Werribee for the 2003 season. He won the club's best & fairest award and the Frosty Miller medal as the VFL's leading goal kicker in 2005, breaking Nick Sautner's six-year winning streak. During the 2005 AFL pre-season he trained with Werribee's former AFL affiliate, the Western Bulldogs and then in 2006 with Richmond.
During the 2008 VFL season, Podsiadly played his 100th game for Werribee and won his second best and fairest at the club. He also won the 2008 J. J. Liston Trophy.
After six seasons with Werribee, Podsiadly left the club to take up a dual role as a player and fitness coach at the Geelong VFL club. He captained the side in the 2009 VFL season, won the club's best & fairest award and was their leading goal-kicker, with 68 goals.
Podsiadly qualified for VFL life membership in 2009. Podsiadly represented the VFL in three state games and was named in the VFL's team of the year in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Podsiadly was selected as a mature aged rookie by Geelong in the 2009 AFL rookie draft at the age of 28 and played his first AFL game against Fremantle in round three of 2010. He was awarded 13 Brownlow Medal votes in his first year of AFL football.
During the 2011 season, Podsiadly kicked 52 goals and averaged over 12 disposals per game.
Podsiadly played in the 2011 AFL Grand Final, where Geelong beat Collingwood. He was substituted out of the game in the second quarter after suffering a shoulder injury.