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Dean Laidley
Laidley
DOB
27/3/1967
Height
184 cm
Weight
77 kg
Junior club
Arrived
Foundation signing in 1986
Number
Debut
Round 1 1987 vs Richmond
(10th Eagles player)
Games
52
Goals
11
B&F Top 10
0
Best Finish
N/A
Last app.
Round 20 1992 vs Brisbane
Departed
Traded to North Melbourne at the end of the 1992 season for pick 8 (Paul Symmons)
Other clubs
West Perth (WAFL) 1986-1992
North Melbourne (AFL) 1993-1997

The Boy from Balga, aka the Junkyard Dog, was a scrawny halfback who played 52 games in six seasons without ever really cementing a regular spot in the side. Not the biggest or most skilful player, Laidley played with an intensity that was almost unrivalled.

West Coast careerEdit

After playing for West Perth, Laidley made the inaugural West Coast squad and played in the first-ever game just days after celebrating his 20th birthday. He played 10 games in the 1987 season, 11 the following season, including the elimination final against Melbourne, and another 10 in 1989.

1990 started promisingly for the Junkyard Dog, playing in the first seven matches and picking up Brownlow votes in a couple of them. Unfortunately in round 7 against Melbourne he blew out his knee, resulting in him missing more than a year of footy. In fact he didn’t play AFL again until early 1992, almost two years later.

Laidley played 14 games in 1992 but lost his spot before the finals and couldn’t force his way back in. At the end of the season, a frustrated Laidley sought a trade to North Melbourne. The Roos gave up a top 10 pick in return, which was used on 99-game player Paul Symmons.

North Melbourne careerEdit

Coincidentally, Laidley played 99 games for North, winning a well-deserved flag in 1996 before retiring after the 1997 season.

Post-VFL/AFL careerEdit

He then moved into coaching, linking up with his former coach Mick Malthouse at Collingwood before moving back to North Melbourne to take the senior job in 2003. He coached the Kangas for six and a half seasons before stepping down midway through 2009.

Since giving up the top job at Arden Street he has taken on assistant roles at Port Adelaide (commuting from Victoria) and at St Kilda under former teammate Scott Watters. In 2014 he reunited with Malthouse at Carlton.

StatsEdit

AFL Gm G B K M H D T WAFL Gm G
1987 10 2 5 119 37 24 143 6 WP 1 1
1988 11 6 4 139 44 29 168 11 4 6
1989 10 0 3 116 40 60 176 15 1 2
1990 7 1 0 93 23 45 138 1 0
1991 0 12 0
1992 14 2 5 158 30 90 248 13 5 1
Tot 52 11 17 625 174 248 873 46
Avg 0.2 12.0 3.4 4.8 16.8 0.9

LinksEdit

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

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

http://www.waflfootyfacts.net/playerstats.php?PlayerID=3588