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Nathan Bassett

Games Played 210

Career 1998 - 2008

Debut 1998

Guernsey Number 8

Date of Birth 07/12/1976

Biography

Nathan Bassett’s career took some time to start but his persistence helped build a successful 11-year career with Adelaide. An outstanding junior at SANFL club Norwood, Bassett made his league debut at the age of 17. He was overlooked by Port Adelaide when it formed its inaugural AFL list at the end of 1996, claimed instead by Melbourne as a rookie.

He was elevated to their senior list during the season but a chest injury stopped him from making his AFL debut with the Demons. Bassett, who was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at this time, was traded to the Crows and played his first AFL game in the opening round of 1998. He had a strong debut season, finishing 10th in the best and fairest despite playing only 13 games, and unfortunately missing out on finals and the grand final through injury. His best season was arguably 2005, when he finished runner-up in the Club’s best and fairest to Simon Goodwin and won the Best Team Man award.

The development of Ben Rutten at full-back allowed Bassett to move into the back pocket and he took his rebounding game to a new level. This was recognised the following year when he was chosen in the All Australian side. A broken ankle cut short Bassett’s 2007 and he missed the last 10 games. He retired in 2008 season and after the elimination final loss to Collingwood walked back on to AAMI Stadium and had a kick with the fans.

Bassett also served as a director on the Crows Foundation Board while he coached Norwood to three grand finals and back-to-back premierships in 2012 and 2013 during a four-year stint at the club. In October 2013 he was appointed as an assistant coach at Essendon, and has been an assistant coach at Port Adelaide since 2016.

Stats

SeasonNo.GamesGoalsBehindsKicksHandballsDisposalsMarksTackles
19988131 -90331233419
19998211 -154602146910
200081844159622217926
2001813 - -9358151447
200282093136732095230
2003821311351172528025
20048211 -133962298227
20058252220017637612045
20068222 -24814939717241
20078131 -132692019326
20088231 -18817936712739
Totals-2102510166810722740952295

Awards

Best Team Man

Best Team Man

2005

All Australian

All Australian

2006

AFC Life Member

AFC Life Member

2008