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Liam Duggan
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DOB
11/12/96
Height
183cm
Weight
75 kg
Junior club
Western Jets/Bacchus Marsh JFC
Arrived
Pick 11 in the 2014 national draft
Number
Debut
Round 2 2015 vs Carlton
(222nd Eagles player)
Games
86
Goals
9
Honours
Premiership medal (2018
Rookie of the Year (2017)
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
16th (2018)
Other clubs
Western Jets (TAC Cup) 2014
East Perth (WAFL) 2015-

Classy Victorian product Liam Duggan was West Coast's first pick in the 2014 national draft and made an immediate impact at senior level.

West Coast careerEdit

A left-footed midfielder, Duggan was linked to Gold Coast pre-draft but slipped to pick 11. On being drafted, he was described as having excellent decision-making skills, poise and ball use.

Duggan began his rookie season with East Perth but was quickly injected into the senior side, making his debut in Round 2. Often used as the sub, he impressed with his silky skills and willingness to hit the contest hard despite his slight stature. Duggan played a dozen games straight, but his form tailed off and he was sent back to the Royals, where he unfortunately suffered a knee injury that ended his season early.

The young midfield prospect failed to take the next step many expected in 2016. Although he played the first 12 games he was dropped after struggling for form, and managed just two more games late in the year. He then had a slow start to the 2017 season after being forced to earn a spot in the senior side through the WAFL and getting only limited midfield minutes, but a move to the backline against Geelong just after the bye sparked a massive improvement, with Duggan becoming a fixture in defence for the rest of the year and being named the Rookie of the Year, before signing a long-term deal on the eve of the 2018 season.

A regular in defence in 2018, Duggan played nearly every game and impressed with his ability to lock down on small forwards as well as create drive out of the backline, and was a solid contributor during the victorious Grand Final. He suffered an ankle injury in the back half of 2019 and, although he was able to return to action, he lost his spot in the senior side for the finals.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T Cl WAFL Gm G B K M H D T
2015 12 1 4 82 37 60 142 19 12 EP 4 3 1 44 13 21 65 13
2016 14 2 7 105 34 70 175 46 22 6 3 5 59 7 37 96 26
2017 20 4 3 191 86 142 333 48 19 3 0 0 32 8 37 69 13
2018 24 2 2 291 115 116 407 49 22 0
2019 15 0 1 174 85 65 239 26 6 WCE 3 1 0 25 3 8 33 4
Tot 85 9 17 843 357 453 1296 188 81
Avg 0.1 9.9 4.2 5.3 15.2 2.2 1.0

Tribunal recordEdit

Year Rd Charge Outcome
2016 9 Wrestling T.Boak (PA) Accepted $1,000 fine
2019 16 Rough conduct against N.Fyfe (Fre) Accepted $2,000 fine

NewsEdit

27/11/14: Duggan headlines Victorian draft quartet

10/4/15: Top draft pick to debut

21/7/15: Duggan’s rookie campaign ended by knee injury

4/11/15: Young gun inks contract extension

13/3/18: Duggan signs fresh three-year deal

ReferencesEdit

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-11-04/meet-liam-duggan

http://afltables.com/afl/stats/players/L/Liam_Duggan.html

http://www.wafl.com.au/players/view/5982

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