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Johnson likely to return to the middle

Chris Scott says Steve Johnson is likely to slip back into the midfield if he returns

9:46am  Sep 2, 2014

Johnson "big possibility" to play

Saturday night the Cats might be lucky enough to welcome back their mercurial midfielder Steve Johnson

9:17am  Sep 2, 2014

Johnson hopes to return Friday night

Steve Johnson is feeling confident that he'll be ready to return for Friday night's rivalry final against the Hawks

3:00pm  Sep 1, 2014

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Steve
Johnson

Height
189 cm
DOB
04-07-1983
Weight
95 kg
Debut
2002
Games
2014
17
Career
232
Goals
2014
16
Career
421
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
1840
Avg
108
SteveJohnson

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Wangaratta
Clubs:
Geelong
Debut:
2002
Recruited From:
Murray U18 
Brownlow Votes:
87 

Outlook

Super-talented and creative player who started out as a forward but is now a bona fide midfielder. Led Geelong for average possessions a game last year (29) and notched a career-high possession tally of 38 against Melbourne in round 16. Has had his problems with discipline, however, copping three suspensions during 2013, which probably kept him out of the All-Australian team and might have cost him the Brownlow Medal. His effort in overcoming a knee injury and helping the Cats win the 2011 premiership is the stuff of legend.

Season by Season

Season by Season

Enjoyed stellar season despite missing six games due to suspension and injury

Played 19 games, incl all three finals

Set career highs with 546 disposals and 231 handballs

Polled 25 Brownlow votes

Received votes in 10 games, and earned five BOG

Played his 200th game in rd win over Richmond

Kicked 400th goal in QF vs Freo

Had 25+ possessions in 14 games, and over 30 disposals nine times

Set a career best with 38 possessions in rd 16 vs Melb

Also had career high 21 handballs vs Ess in rd 7 and equalled career tackling high with 10 in rd 5 vs Dogs

Dale Amos' player review for 2013

Stevie's year had a bit of everything. The suspensions were frustrating for him and for everyone else, but his best performances were as good as anyone else in the competition. He played more as a midfielder than he had ever before, and he was very influential in a lot of games. As we saw from his finish in the Brownlow Medal, playing in the midfield has been really good for him. He's become one of the elite midfielders in the competition, and I would think he'll be even better in that role next year. He's physically gifted with his endurance capacity. Later in the season he also went forward a few times and kicked some goals, so that part of his game remains critical to our team.

Season by Season

Played 21 games, mainly as a midfielder

Gathered 465 possessions, his fourth season with over 400

Was third in disposals among Geelong players

Had 14 games with over 20 disposals

Had career best 36 possessions twice (rd 9 vs WB, rd 16 vs Coll)

Equaled career high with 14 marks vs Dogs in rd 9

Equaled career best with 17 handballs vs Melb in rd 6

Set career high with 10 tackles vs West Coast in rd 20

Finished seventh in B & F

Season by Season

  • Hero of GF with four goals just a week after serious knee injury
  • Earned third premiership
  • Played 23 games including all three finals
  • Booted 50+ goals for third time in his career
  • Had 12 multi goal games
  • Twice kicked career best seven goals (rd 10 vs GC; rd 19 vs Melb)
  • Equaled career best with 34 possessions vs Melb in rd 19
  • Set new career high with 17 handballs vs St K in rd 13
  • Equaled career high with nine tackles vs Collingwood in rd 8
  • Had 20+ disposals 14 times
  • Ranked ninth in AFL goal kicking and 15th in marks
  • Nominated in All Australian squad
  • Set new season highs with 514 disposals, 195 handballs and 84 tackles
  • Polled 12 Brownlow votes
  • Finished the season with 363 career goals, seventh most in club history
  • Earned All Australian selection for the third time
  • Geelong’s leading goal kicker with 63, 4th most in the AFL
  • Kicked his 300th goal in rd 20 win over Bulldogs
  • kicked multiple goals in 16 of his 22 games
  • Tied a career high with six goals three times (rd 4 vs. Port; rd 8 vs. Bris; rd 18 vs. Syd)
  • Had 28 possessions in SF vs. Freo and PF vs. Coll
  • Had a career high 16 handballs in PF vs. Coll
  • Played his 150th game in QF vs. St Kilda
  • Kicked three goals in SF win over Dockers
  • Played in his second premiership and third consecutive grand final
  • Was again nominated for All Australian consideration
  • Was among the top players in the league in first half of the season before injury hit
  • Kicked 36 goals up until end of rd 12, and four for rest of the season
  • His 40 goals ranked 18th in AFL
  • Had eight games with 3 or more goals
  • Kicked six vs. Essendon in rd 10 and five vs. Dogs in rd 9
  • Had 10 games with 20+ disposals
  • Had hip surgery late in season which allowed Steve to return for PF and GF
  • Member of NAB Cup premiership team

 

  • Played all 25 games including second consecutive grand final
  • Named in All Australian team for second time
  • Had a career best 34 disposals in grand final against Hawthorn
  • Led the Cats goal kicking with 53
  • Booted 200th career goal in rd 21 vs. Nth Melb
  • Had 20+ disposals in 13 games
  • Equaled career best with six goals in rd 22 vs. Eagles
  • Played for Victoria vs. dream team in AFL hall of fame game
  • 100th AFL game came in rd 13 vs. Eagles, a 135 point win
  • Finished 9th in best & fairest
  • Ranked 12th in the AFL with 333 kicks
  • Polled 11 Brownlow votes

 

  • Ended an unbelievable campaign with premiership and Norm Smith medal
  • Selected in All Australian team for first time
  • Played 20 games, losing only once
  • Booted 49 goals, scoring at least one goal in every match
  • Kicked four goals in grand final win and three in five point victory over Collingwood in prelim
  • Booted five goals in win over Richmond in rd 18
  • Career best 23 kicks and 14 marks came vs. Freo in rd 17 at Subiaco
  • Finished 9th in best & fairest
  • Polled 10 Brownlow votes

 

  • Played 15 games and kicked 30 goals
  • Kicked 100th goal vs. St Kilda in rd 19
  • Kicked four goals in a game twice (vs. Brisbane, vs. Melbourne)

 

  • Played 12 games including both finals
  • Had 23 possessions and kicked two goals in Sydney semi final
  • 50th AFL game in rd 22 vs. Richmond, a one point win at Skilled Stadium

 

  • Played 13 games including all three finals
  • Kicked five goals in rd 22 win over Hawthorn
  • Had career high nine tackles in prelim final vs. Brisbane
  • Had first Brownlow vote in rd 19 vs. Richmond

 

  • Played 15 games
  • Finished 11th in best & fairest
  • Kicked career high six goals vs. Lions in rd 21, with five in third qtr
  • Had 24 disposals in rd 17 vs. Nth Melb, his first 20+ game

 

  • Made AFL debut in rd 6 vs. Lions at Gabba, kicking one goal
  • Kicked four goals in two games (vs. Coll’wood, vs. St Kilda)
  • Member of VFL premiership team

 

  • Named to All Australian U18 team after playing with Vic Country at national titles
  • Played TAC Cup with Murray Bushrangers

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 17
    • Kicks 14.9
    • Handballs 11.4
    • Disposals 26.3
    • Marks 5.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 5.4
    • Goals 0.9
    • AFL Fantasy 108.2

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 24 West Coast Eagles Rd 4
Handballs 16 Adelaide Crows Rd 1
Disposals 37 West Coast Eagles Rd 4
Marks 12 GWS Giants Rd 18
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 2
Tackles 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 16
Goals 3 GWS Giants Rd 18
AFL Fantasy 168 West Coast Eagles Rd 4

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Adelaide Crows W 119 - 81 15 16 31 6 0 2 0 4 1 2 121
2 Brisbane Lions W 68 - 93 23 14 37 5 1 1 1 10 0 2 153
3 Collingwood W 76 - 87 10 10 20 3 0 2 1 1 1 1 69
4 West Coast Eagles W 107 - 32 24 13 37 11 0 1 1 8 1 1 168
5 Hawthorn W 106 - 87 20 14 34 10 0 0 2 2 3 1 139
6 Port Adelaide L 107 - 67 14 11 25 4 0 1 0 6 1 0 107
7 Richmond W 81 - 76 20 9 29 5 0 1 1 7 1 1 126
9 Fremantle L 96 - 64 9 11 20 1 0 0 3 3 0 1 56
10 North Melbourne W 111 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Sydney Swans L 148 - 38 15 11 26 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 94
12 Carlton W 107 - 102 9 10 19 2 0 1 2 7 0 1 77
13 St Kilda W 133 - 37 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Gold Coast Suns L 118 - 78 12 15 27 6 0 0 0 3 1 1 103
15 Essendon W 89 - 80 13 12 25 4 0 0 1 6 0 0 96
16 Western Bulldogs W 69 - 56 15 10 25 5 0 0 4 14 1 1 131
17 Melbourne W 36 - 102 17 10 27 8 0 1 2 7 2 0 130
18 GWS Giants W 87 - 94 19 11 30 12 0 1 2 4 3 1 145
19 North Melbourne W 79 - 111 11 9 20 3 0 1 2 3 0 0 67
20 Fremantle W 81 - 79 8 7 15 1 0 4 1 4 0 0 58
21 Carlton W 76 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Hawthorn L 94 - 71 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Brisbane Lions W 143 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
FW1 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 17 - L: 5 254 193 447 90 1 16 23 91 16 14 1840

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 232
    • Kicks 12.5
    • Handballs 6.7
    • Disposals 19.2
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.1
    • Tackles 3.0
    • Goals 1.8
    • AFL Fantasy 89.4

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 26 North Melbourne Rd 8, 2009
Handballs 21 Essendon Rd 7, 2013
Disposals 38 Melbourne Rd 16, 2013
Marks 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 9, 2012
Hit-outs 1 Brisbane Lions Rd 2, 2014
Tackles 14 Western Bulldogs Rd 16, 2014
Goals 7 Melbourne Rd 19, 2011
AFL Fantasy 171 Melbourne Rd 19, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Geelong Cats 254 193 447 90 1 16 23 91 16 14 1840
2013 Geelong Cats 315 231 546 108 1 26 16 87 23 23 2219
2012 Geelong Cats 299 166 465 117 3 30 25 94 19 17 2045
2011 Geelong Cats 319 195 514 143 2 31 20 84 50 37 2422
2010 Geelong Cats 274 136 410 131 0 24 18 50 63 36 2071
2009 Geelong Cats 255 103 358 111 0 27 24 44 40 38 1713
2008 Geelong Cats 333 174 507 147 2 35 34 65 53 31 2332
2007 Geelong Cats 286 86 372 143 0 33 21 44 49 33 1932
2006 Geelong Cats 139 60 199 71 0 15 12 22 30 13 1010
2005 Geelong Cats 129 51 180 59 2 15 13 19 18 15 843
2004 Geelong Cats 143 54 197 58 2 11 17 31 21 19 942
2003 Geelong Cats 122 49 171 54 0 11 11 29 23 12 870
2002 Geelong Cats 101 50 151 40 0 11 9 28 16 12 727

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Playing records

AFL
Geelong: 215 games, 405 goals
NAB Cup
Geelong: 13 games, 20 goals
VFL
Geelong: 34 games, 69 goals
TAC Cup
Murray Bushrangers: 10 games, 28 goals

Milestone Games

Milestone

versus

round

venue

result

AFL debut

Brisbane

rd 6, 2002

Gabba

L 57

Finals debut

Port Adelaide

QF, 2004

AAMI

L 55

50th game

Richmond

rd 22, 2005

Skilled

W 1

100th game

West Coast

rd 13, 2008

Subiaco

W 135

150th game

St Kilda

QF, 2010

MCG

L 4

200th game Richmond rd 6, 2013 MCG W 44

 

Draft History

Selected by Geelong with 24th pick in 2001 national draft

Awards

AFL

Norm Smith Medal 2007
All Australian 2007, 2008, 2010
All Australian Nominee 2009, 2011

Geelong

Leading Goal Kicker 2008, 2010
Reserves Best First Year Player 2002

Premierships

VFL 2002 (Geelong dft Port Melbourne)
AFL 2007 (Geelong dft Port Adelaide)
NAB Cup 2009 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)
AFL 2009 (Geelong dft. St Kilda)
AFL 2011 (Geelong dft. Collingwood)

Representative Honours

Victoria vs Dream Team 2008
All Australian Under 18
2001
Victoria Country Under 18
2001