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15 February 1983 (age 40)
Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 18y 87d
Last game: 30y 204d
Height and weight
Height: 184 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Port Adelaide Magpies; Collingwood; Australia
Port Adelaide Magpies (2001)
|Club||League||Career span||Games||Goals||Avg||Win %||AKI||AHB||AMK||BV|
|Port Adelaide Magpies||SANFL||2000||15||13||0.87||—||—||—||—||—|
AFL: 11,128th player to appear, 485th most games played, 239th most goals kickedCollingwood: 1,024th player to appear, 27th most games played, 16th most goals kicked
Alan Didak played 218 games for Collingwood between 2001 and 2013.
Alan Didak played in the SANFL seniors with Port Adelaide at 17 years of age. He was the captain of the Under 18 Australian International rules football in the junior International Rules Series against Ireland.
Didak was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club with the 3rd pick in the 2000 AFL Draft, and in 2001 he made his AFL debut against the Kangaroos at the Telstra Dome in Round 7; scoring 10 touches and 1 goal. He played five games in total in 2001.
In 2002, Didak earned an AFL Rising Star nomination.
In 2005, Didak's season was disrupted by injuries and problems. He had knee surgery during the pre-season, setting him up for his first game on ANZAC Day against Essendon. His injury had an effect upon his performances. Having niggles since the mid-year break he was suspended in Round 14 for two matches and returning from that he injured an ankle. The next week he returned he lasted only 20 minutes, when he suddenly fainted on the ground with an irregular heart beat.
Didak was awarded the Copeland Trophy as the best and fairest Collingwood player for 2006.
A string of off-field incidents led to Didak being in the public spotlight for the 'wrong reasons' in 2007 and 2008. Didak put those setbacks behind him to record strong seasons over the 2009-2011 period, the high point of which was being part of Collingwood's 2010 premiership side. The Magpies' 2011 qualifying final victory over West Coast was Didak's 200th game.
Didak was delisted at the end of the 2013 season after 13 seasons.