Daniel Motlop (born 16 March 1982) is an Indigenous Larrakia Australian rules footballer who played a total of 130 senior games for the North Melbourne Football Club and the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). His post AFL career has included stints with the Wanderers Football Club in the Northern Territory Football League.
Daniel Motlop at training in 2007
|Full name||Daniel Motlop|
|Date of birth||16 March 1982|
|Original team(s)||North Adelaide (SANFL)|
|Height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||90 kg (198 lb)|
|2006–2011||Port Adelaide||83 (155)|
|Representative team honours|
|2008||Dream Team||1 (2)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Kangaroos career (2001–2005)Edit
Playing as a defender or forward, Motlop debuted in 2001 for the Kangaroos and was traded to Port Adelaide at the end of 2005 due to a desire to return to South Australia.
Port Adelaide career (2006–2011)Edit
In late 2005 Motlop was traded to Port Adelaide. In the 2007 season, Motlop suffered from an ankle injury in Round 1 and a broken collarbone in Round 9. However, he came back in Round 13 against Brisbane and kicked a career best 6 goals to help set up Port's win, including a goal of the year nomination.
In the 2008 AFL season he ranked 10th on the list of most goals kicked in the AFL, including a career best 7 goal game against Essendon and a 5-goal game against Fremantle, including a candidate for goal of the year.
The 2009 season saw Motlop average 2 goals a game in the 11 games he played, but he missed most of the second half of the season with a fractured ankle. Surgery to his ankle prevented him from returning to the Power side until Round 7, 2010, where he kicked 3.1 goals. He was delisted by the Power at the end of the 2011 season, marking an end to his 83 games and 155 goals with the club.
Daniel is one of a number of family members to have played in the AFL. He is the younger brother of North Melbourne and Melbourne player Shannon, the older brother of Port Adelaide player Steven and the cousin of fellow Port Adelaide player Marlon.