We’re very lucky to have Brett Goodes at the Bulldogs.

I loved playing with Goodesy when we were both running around in the red, white and blue a few years back, but 22 games and four goals at AFL level doesn’t do him justice.  Not even close. 

I can’t think of a teammate who hit the opposition harder than Goodesy, and he also had the skills to match the will.  But that’s not why we’re lucky to have him at our club.


A highlight of the AFL calendar each year is Sir Douglas Nicholls Round and the unveiling of the Indigenous guernseys. 

This year has been no exception.  Not that it’s a competition, but I think this year’s jumper is my favourite one yet.  I’m sure our boys will be extremely proud to run out on the weekend in this jumper. 

On this week’s Bulldog podcast Freedom in a Cage, Chris Anstey and I sat down with Brett to chat about Sir Douglas Nicholls Round.

Brett explained to us the life of Sir Douglas, and his impact on the game and Australian culture.  He also spoke about a walk that the players took part in as part of a broader education on Indigenous Australia, which involved a path that navigated the ‘scar trees’ near the MCG.

Our Indigenous guernsey this year has been designed by Goodesy and artist Nathan Patterson.  The spectacular visual result is centred around Brett’s personal story that doesn’t exclude broad appeal.

In simple terms, the jumper tells a story cantered around three things; Family, Culture, Club.

A video released by the club this week has Goodesy explain the significance of the guernsey and the story that lies within.  It’s well worth the time to sit and listen.

On such a significant round of football with deep ties to our nation’s history, it gives me a lot of comfort to know that Brett Goodes is helping lead our playing group and Club along an important path.