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Dean Cox
Cox
DOB
1/8/1981
Height
203cm
Weight
106 kg
Junior club
Dampier JFC/East Perth
Arrived
Pick 28 in the 2000 rookie draft
Number
48 (2000)
20 (2001 - 2014)
Debut
Round 2 2001 vs Sydney
(138th Eagles player)
Games
290
Goals
169
Honours
Premiership medal (2006)
Club Champion (2008)
All-Australian (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012)
Best Clubman (2006)
Games record holder (290 gms)
B&F Top 10
9 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Best Finish
1st (2008)
Last app.
Round 22 2014 vs Melbourne
Departed
Retired at the end of the 2014 season
Other clubs
East Perth (WAFL) 1999-2014

Champion ruckman Dean Cox is one of the greatest rookie draft picks in history, going on to become a multiple All-Australian and arguably the best ruckman of the modern era.

West Coast careerEdit

Originally from Dampier, Cox was plucked from obscurity in the 2000 rookie draft. He spent the 2000 season playing for East Perth, winning the Simpson Medal for his role in the Royals' grand final victory, and was promoted to the senior list for the following season.

Making his debut early in 2001, Cox spent the next few seasons learning the ruck craft as a backup to Michael Gardiner. When Gardiner went down with a foot injury early in 2004, Cox stepped up as lead ruckman, playing every game and finishing third in the club's Best and Fairest award, the first of what would be many top-10 finishes.

Cox quickly became one of the league's premier ruckmen, impressing with his ability to not only win the tap but also to act as a "fifth midfielder" when the ball hit the ground. He was named in the All-Australian side in 2005, and again finished in the top three in the best and fairest. He made the All-Australian side again the following year despite missing five games mid-season with a broken collarbone, and was among his side's best in the victorious Grand Final.

Continuing his run as the best ruckman in the league, Cox was named All-Australian in both 2007 and 2008. Overlooked for the captaincy following the departure of Chris Judd, Cox responded with a huge 2008 to win a much-deserved Club Champion medal.

Unfortunately injury struck in 2009, with Cox missing most of the second half of the year due to a groin complaint. He bounced back in 2010 to have a solid season in what was a poor year for West Coast, finishing fourth in the best and fairest although he was unable to win back his All-Australian position. Cox fixed that in 2011 as he played every game and formed a dynamic ruck partnership with youngster Nic Naitanui, with the pair integral in the side's surprise push deep into the finals.

Naitanui joined Cox in the All-Australian side in 2012, which marked an amazing sixth representative honour for the popular veteran. Playing more time forward than in seasons past, Cox kicked a career-high 28 goals for the season including setting a new personal best of 5 against St Kilda.

Despite playing every game for the fourth successive season, the champion ruckman started to show his age at times during 2013. Forced to shoulder more of the ruck burden than the club would have liked due to Naitanui struggling through injury, Cox did turn out a few vintage performances and finished fourth in the John Worsfold Medal, the seventh time he had polled in the top four.

Cox passed Glen Jakovich to become West Coast's games record holder early in 2014, but was clearly on his last legs. With understudy Scott Lycett outperforming him (and being headhunted by other clubs), Cox found himself left out of the side on a number of occasions, which resulted in his club-record consecutive games streak ending at 104. Cox eventually announced his retirement at the end of the year, and was given a fittingly big sendoff in his final game.

Coaching careerEdit

Cox stayed with the club after his playing career ended, joining Adam Simpson's panel as an assistant coach. He left at the end of 2017, after 18 years at West Coast as a player and coach, to join Sydney.[1]

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2000 0 EP 20 8
2001 17 2 2 62 38 69 131 18 24 3 1
2002 19 7 1 96 82 97 193 17 37 1 0
2003 19 10 3 125 74 88 213 12 43 2 0
2004 23 5 10 172 117 142 314 37 62 0
2005 25 22 3 257 163 152 409 29 74 0
2006 21 14 9 233 141 146 379 27 59 0
2007 21 13 9 234 155 163 397 23 49 0
2008 22 9 10 233 126 253 486 34 83 0
2009 13 8 7 139 75 145 284 23 49 0
2010 22 10 9 178 91 194 372 37 70 0
2011 25 20 17 270 137 176 446 43 93 0
2012 24 28 14 238 144 147 385 39 63 0
2013 22 13 18 209 118 140 349 52 71 0
2014 17 8 6 142 80 103 245 39 36 0
Tot 290 169 118 2588 1541 2015 4603 430 813
Avg 0.6 8.9 5.3 6.9 15.9 1.5 2.8

NewsEdit

12/4/14: Cox breaks game record but Cats win big

21/7/14: Cox calls time on decorated career

25/7/14: Retiring Cox knocked out in loss

ReferencesEdit

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/D/Dean_Cox.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Cox

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/532

  1. Neil Cordy, Daily Telegraph (9 October 2017), "West Coast champion Dean Cox joins Sydney Swans as assistant coach": https://www.news.com.au/sport/afl/sydney-swans/west-coast-champion-dean-cox-joins-sydney-swans-as-assistant-coach/news-story/5ee7353e4dfa4cf587a7f50cde9a4371
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