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Leading from the front

Simon Conway  February 17, 2017 2:41 PM

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Brendon Goddard is on track to reach two significant milestones (100 games for Essendon and 300 AFL games) this season.

He’s only four seasons into his career at the Bombers, but already Brendon Goddard’s impact has been significant, according to Club CEO Xavier Campbell.

Goddard has played at least 20 games in each of his first four seasons with the Club.

He’s on track to reach his 100th game for the Dons and 300th match overall this season.

Goddard has a Crichton Medal in his keeping and led the side as Captain throughout 2016.

But Campbell said the former Saint’s contribution stretches well beyond the playing field.

“I’ve seen behind the scenes and the work he’s done with our younger players and the work he’s done with rallying the group and the positivity he’s brought to the group has been exceptional,” Campbell told RSN.

“His impact on our football Club in enormous.

“We’re very thankful for having him because it would have made the last period a lot more challenging than what it was.

“He’s done a fantastic job – he gets some criticism for certain elements of his game, which you can sort of understand, but I also understand the intent in what he’s trying to do.

“We’re really happy with Brendon – he’s done a fantastic job for our football Club.”

Goddard’s Essendon career so far

Games: 84

Goals: 48

Ave disposals: 25.4 

Goddard’s 2016 season

Games: 20

Ave disposals: 26 (3rd highest at Club)

Ave metres gained: 359.3 (3rd highest at Club)

Ave contested possessions: 7.9 (5th highest at Club)

Ave clearances: 3.1 (6th highest at Club)

Ave marks: 5.9 (5th highest at Club)

Ave kicks: 12.9 (5th highest at Club)

Ave tackles: 3.7 (5th highest at Club)

Ave intercept possessions: 4.4 (4th highest at Club)

Ave score involvements: 5.2 (3rd highest at Club)