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Key Facts

Full name
Joshua Gibson

Known as
Josh Gibson


13 March 1984 (age 39)

Place of birth
Blackburn, VIC (3130)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 19d
Last game: 33y 89d

Height and weight
Height: 189 cm
Weight: 93 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne; Hawthorn

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 38
Hawthorn: 6

Recruited from
North Melbourne (2010)

State of origin

Josh Gibson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneAFL2006-20096520.0345%7.467.263.784

AFL: 11,469th player to appear, 426th most games played, 6,352nd most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 921st player to appear, 210th most games played, 644th most goals kickedHawthorn: 861st player to appear, 64th most games played, 541st most goals kicked

Josh Gibson has played 165 games for North Melbourne and Hawthorn since debuting for the Kangaroos since 2006.

Gibson is known for his tough play as a back-pocket defender. He was instantly recognisable because of his afro hairstyle before he cut it. Gibson has direct links to Barbados, where his father was born. He attended Trinity Grammar School in Kew.

Josh came from Port Melbourne Football Club in the Victorian Football League (VFL) and was drafted onto the Kangaroos rookie list.

A left footer, he is originally from Oakleigh Chargers and played 10 matches with the Kangaroos in 2006.

On 3 June 2007, he suffered a head injury in the bathroom at his home as he was preparing for training. After initially being ruled out of football for the remainder of the season, he was able to return to the AFL in round 21 and was able to shut out Lance Franklin who had kicked seven goals the previous round.

Immediately after the 2009 season, Gibson requested to be traded to the Hawthorn Football Club. The deal was done early on the first day of the 2009 trade week, with Gibson traded, along with North Melbourne's fifth round draft pick (#69 overall) for Hawthorn's second and third round draft picks (#25 and #41 overall).

Gibson had a season interrupted by injury in 2010; he tore his hamstring in the third round but recovered to play 12 games. He played in every game in 2011, holding the backline together after longterm injuries to key backmen Ben Stratton and Stephen Gilham.



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