Player Watch #4: Shaun Higgins - extends North contract until end 2021

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Marstermind

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Shaun Higgins – 100 games
The 129th player to play 100 games for the North Melbourne Football Club

Played: 99 Won: 49 Drawn: 0 Lost: 50

Game 1 – Round 1, 2015 v Adelaide (Adelaide Oval). Adelaide 21.14-140 d. North Melbourne 9.9-63
Game 50 – Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne (Blundstone Arena). North Melbourne 11.10-76 d. Melbourne 10.12-72

Disposals
Game High: 38 (Round 11 2018 v Brisbane Lions, Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 22 2019 v Port Adelaide)
Season High: 548 (2018)

Kicks
Game High: 21 (Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 281 (2018)

Handballs
Game High: 25 (Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 7 2019 v Carlton)
Season High: 267 (2018)

Marks
Game High: 9 (Round 8 2015 v Fremantle, Round 8, 2019 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 104 (2015)

Goals: 93 Behinds: 84​

Brownlow Medal Games
Round 10, 2015 v West Coast – 2 votes
Round 15, 2015 vs Geelong – 1 vote
Round 18, 2015 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2015 v Melbourne – 3 votes
Round 5, 2016 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 2, 2017 v Geelong – 3 votes
Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 10, 2017 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne – 1 vote
Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 4, 2018 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 7, 2018 v Sydney – 3 votes
Round 11, 2018 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 12, 2018 v Geelong – 2 votes
Round 14, 2018 v Western Bulldogs – 3 votes
Round 16, 2018 v Gold Coast – 2 votes
Round 17, 2018 v Sydney – 1 vote
Round 3, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 4, 2019 v Adelaide – 3 votes
Round 7, 2019 v Carlton – 1 vote
Round 8, 2019 v Geelong – 1 vote
Round 10, 2019 v Western Bulldogs – 2 votes
Round 18, 2019 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 20, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 22, 2019 v Port Adeaide – 1 vote
Round 23, 2019 v Melbourne – 2 votes

Finals:
2015 Elimination Final v Richmond
2015 Semi Final v Sydney
2015 Preliminary Final v West Coast
2016 Elimination Final v Adelaide

Most Consecutive Games: 22 (Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast to Round 5, 2018 v Hawthorn)
Has played 99 of 122 games since debut

Honours

All Australian Squad 2015
Best & Fairest 2017
International Rules Representative 2017
Best & Fairest 2018
All-Australian 2018 (Interchange)
Club Brownlow Best 2018 (15 votes)
Club Brownlow Best 2019 (18 votes)
Victorian Representative 2020

Players to have played 100 games for NMFC having previously played at another club
Bill Findlay (1925-35) 168 games
Gary Dempsey (1979-84) 122 games
Mark Roberts (1991-99) 125 games
John Blakey (1993-2004) 224 games
Robert Scott (1994-2000) 113 games
Peter Bell (1996-2000) 123 games
Shannon Grant (1998-2008) 243 games
Jason McCartney (1998-2003) 107 games
Leigh Colbert (2000-05) 104 games
Saverio Rocca (2001-06) 101 games
Jess Sinclair (2001-08) 142 games
Leigh Brown (2003-08) 118 games
Daniel Pratt (2005-11) 116 games
 
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DrZaius

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Shaun Higgins – 100 games
The 129th player to play 100 games for the North Melbourne Football Club

Played: 99 Won: 49 Drawn: 0 Lost: 50

Game 1 – Round 1, 2015 v Adelaide (Adelaide Oval). Adelaide 21.14-140 d. North Melbourne 9.9-63
Game 50 – Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne (Blundstone Arena). North Melbourne 11.10-76 d. Melbourne 10.12-72

Disposals
Game High: 38 (Round 11 2018 v Brisbane Lions, Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 22 2019 v Port Adelaide)
Season High: 548 (2018)

Kicks
Game High: 21 (Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 281 (2018)

Handballs
Game High: 25 (Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 7 2019 v Carlton)
Season High: 267 (2018)

Marks
Game High: 9 (Round 8 2015 v Fremantle, Round 8, 2019 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 104 (2015)

Goals: 93 Behinds: 84​

Brownlow Medal Games
Round 10, 2015 v West Coast – 2 votes
Round 15, 2015 vs Geelong – 1 vote
Round 18, 2015 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2015 v Melbourne – 3 votes
Round 5, 2016 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 2, 2017 v Geelong – 3 votes
Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 10, 2017 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne – 1 vote
Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 4, 2018 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 7, 2018 v Sydney – 3 votes
Round 11, 2018 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 12, 2018 v Geelong – 2 votes
Round 14, 2018 v Western Bulldogs – 3 votes
Round 16, 2018 v Gold Coast – 2 votes
Round 17, 2018 v Sydney – 1 vote
Round 3, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 4, 2019 v Adelaide – 3 votes
Round 7, 2019 v Carlton – 1 vote
Round 8, 2019 v Geelong – 1 vote
Round 10, 2019 v Western Bulldogs – 2 votes
Round 18, 2019 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 20, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 22, 2019 v Port Adeaide – 1 vote
Round 23, 2019 v Melbourne – 2 votes

Finals:
2015 Elimination Final v Richmond
2015 Semi Final v Sydney
2015 Preliminary Final v West Coast
2016 Elimination Final v Adelaide

Most Consecutive Games: 22 (Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast to Round 5, 2018 v Hawthorn)
Has played 99 of 122 games since debut

Honours

Best & Fairest 2017
International Rules Representative 2017
Best & Fairest 2018
All-Australian 2018 (Interchange)
Club Brownlow Best 2018 (15 votes)
Club Brownlow Best 2019 (18 votes)
Victorian Representative 2020

Players to have played 100 games for NMFC having previously played at another club
Bill Findlay (1925-35) 168 games
Gary Dempsey (1979-84) 122 games
Mark Roberts (1991-99) 125 games
John Blakey (1993-2004) 224 games
Robert Scott (1994-2000) 113 games
Peter Bell (1996-2000) 123 games
Shannon Grant (1998-2008) 243 games
Jason McCartney (1998-2003) 107 games
Leigh Colbert (2000-05) 104 games
Saverio Rocca (2001-06) 101 games
Jess Sinclair (2001-08) 142 games
Leigh Brown (2003-08) 118 games
Daniel Pratt (2005-11) 116 games
Let's get it to 50/50 this week
 

Rad Roo

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Another player who we have kept on for too long, we gave 2 years extension where we should have played hardball and let him go to geelong. Nonetheless, him at half back to finish off his career like heath shaw.
 

King Corey

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He's had a poor year but he's a young 31yo.

Missed so much footy in early days I think the contract length was fine considering his ability.
Plus until we have anyone else other than Polec capable of running faster than a snowplough and kicking it within 5 metres of a target he stays.
 

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Sep 13, 2013
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Shaun Higgins – 100 games
The 129th player to play 100 games for the North Melbourne Football Club

Played: 99 Won: 49 Drawn: 0 Lost: 50

Game 1 – Round 1, 2015 v Adelaide (Adelaide Oval). Adelaide 21.14-140 d. North Melbourne 9.9-63
Game 50 – Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne (Blundstone Arena). North Melbourne 11.10-76 d. Melbourne 10.12-72

Disposals
Game High: 38 (Round 11 2018 v Brisbane Lions, Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 22 2019 v Port Adelaide)
Season High: 548 (2018)

Kicks
Game High: 21 (Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 281 (2018)

Handballs
Game High: 25 (Round 2 2019 v Brisbane Lions, Round 7 2019 v Carlton)
Season High: 267 (2018)

Marks
Game High: 9 (Round 8 2015 v Fremantle, Round 8, 2019 v Brisbane Lions)
Season High: 104 (2015)

Goals: 93 Behinds: 84​

Brownlow Medal Games
Round 10, 2015 v West Coast – 2 votes
Round 15, 2015 vs Geelong – 1 vote
Round 18, 2015 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2015 v Melbourne – 3 votes
Round 5, 2016 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 2, 2017 v Geelong – 3 votes
Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast – 1 vote
Round 10, 2017 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 19, 2017 v Melbourne – 1 vote
Round 23, 2017 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 4, 2018 v Carlton – 2 votes
Round 7, 2018 v Sydney – 3 votes
Round 11, 2018 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 12, 2018 v Geelong – 2 votes
Round 14, 2018 v Western Bulldogs – 3 votes
Round 16, 2018 v Gold Coast – 2 votes
Round 17, 2018 v Sydney – 1 vote
Round 3, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 4, 2019 v Adelaide – 3 votes
Round 7, 2019 v Carlton – 1 vote
Round 8, 2019 v Geelong – 1 vote
Round 10, 2019 v Western Bulldogs – 2 votes
Round 18, 2019 v Brisbane Lions – 2 votes
Round 20, 2019 v Hawthorn – 3 votes
Round 22, 2019 v Port Adeaide – 1 vote
Round 23, 2019 v Melbourne – 2 votes

Finals:
2015 Elimination Final v Richmond
2015 Semi Final v Sydney
2015 Preliminary Final v West Coast
2016 Elimination Final v Adelaide

Most Consecutive Games: 22 (Round 6, 2017 v Gold Coast to Round 5, 2018 v Hawthorn)
Has played 99 of 122 games since debut

Honours

All Australian Squad 2015
Best & Fairest 2017
International Rules Representative 2017
Best & Fairest 2018
All-Australian 2018 (Interchange)
Club Brownlow Best 2018 (15 votes)
Club Brownlow Best 2019 (18 votes)
Victorian Representative 2020

Players to have played 100 games for NMFC having previously played at another club
Bill Findlay (1925-35) 168 games
Gary Dempsey (1979-84) 122 games
Mark Roberts (1991-99) 125 games
John Blakey (1993-2004) 224 games
Robert Scott (1994-2000) 113 games
Peter Bell (1996-2000) 123 games
Shannon Grant (1998-2008) 243 games
Jason McCartney (1998-2003) 107 games
Leigh Colbert (2000-05) 104 games
Saverio Rocca (2001-06) 101 games
Jess Sinclair (2001-08) 142 games
Leigh Brown (2003-08) 118 games
Daniel Pratt (2005-11) 116 games
First time we've gotten a former opposition player to 100 games in nine years. Reinforces the idea that we've not been able to target good young players from other clubs. Or they've gotten injured a lot. Anderson will probably make it to 100. Polec is listed until he's 40 so he should too. Jacobs would have made it if not for his decapitation.
 

Marstermind

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First time we've gotten a former opposition player to 100 games in nine years. Reinforces the idea that we've not been able to target good young players from other clubs. Or they've gotten injured a lot. Anderson will probably make it to 100. Polec is listed until he's 40 so he should too. Jacobs would have made it if not for his decapitation.
No wonder he's struggling to get over his injury. Hard to get back quickly after that.
 

Rad Roo

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We kept Boomer til he was 38.

Goldy is getting old as well. Wanna get rid of him too?

If they're old but still play great footy, that's actually a massive benefit for younger players.
Ummm Higgins is not playing good footy......hardly making an impact....
 

Marstermind

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Ummm Higgins is not playing good footy......hardly making an impact....
At the time he signed he'd just finished a year where only 10 blokes finished ahead of him in the Brownlow despite practically missing 6 games. Whilst his form is currently not as good it's not that bad. And even if it was, Rhyce didn't have a crystal ball last October that told him what 2020 would be for anyone. At the moment the call was made it was a sound one. It still is.
 

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At the time he signed he'd just finished a year where only 10 blokes finished ahead of him in the Brownlow despite practically missing 6 games. Whilst his form is currently not as good it's not that bad. And even if it was, Rhyce didn't have a crystal ball last October that told him what 2020 would be for anyone. At the moment the call was made it was a sound one. It still is.
He was also top ten in the Syd missing those games having won it the year before.

Higgins is playing a new role and I think adjusting okay to it. He needs to be our classy rebound off half-back. Takes him out of the collision zone making the game less taxing on his body, covers an area of glaring weakness for us, and provides the opportunity for our young guns to step up into midfield roles. Higgins might still get another contract after this one.
 

shimaburnsgrieg

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Higgo's perfect spot now is to be running off half back - using his kicking skills and general awareness to set us up from back there.

We have a real weakness in that area and he has the right skill set to fix it.

He could do that for another 2 years.

We need to be playing the Bonar's, Ahern's in the middle to see what they have - not Higgo anymore.
 

Tim Whiffler

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Higgo's perfect spot now is to be running off half back - using his kicking skills and general awareness to set us up from back there.

We have a real weakness in that area and he has the right skill set to fix it.

He could do that for another 2 years.

We need to be playing the Bonar's, Ahern's in the middle to see what they have - not Higgo anymore.
Yes Bonar. Not Ahern, think we have seen his ceiling
 

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