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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.[1]

Daniel Motlop
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Daniel Motlop at training in 2007
Personal information
Full name Daniel Motlop
Date of birth (1982-03-16) 16 March 1982 (age 37)
Original team(s) North Adelaide (SANFL)
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 90 kg (198 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2001–2005 Kangaroos 047 0(53)
2006–2011 Port Adelaide 083 (155)
Total 130 (208)
Representative team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2007–2009 Indigenous All-Stars 2
2008 Dream Team 1 (2)
International team honours
2008 Australia 2
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,


AFL careerEdit

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.[2]


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.


  1. ^ "Motlop footy future saved by 'technicality'". NT News. News Corp. 8 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ Pike, Chris (18 October 2011). "Motlop shown the door by Port Adelaide". Sports News First. Sports News Firs. Archived from the original on 10 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.

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