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Junior Clubs: Sturt
Clubs: Port Adelaide (2011 National Draft, pick 6)
Debut: Rd 1, 2012 v St Kilda
Recruited from: Sturt
Brownlow Votes: 14
Sponsors: Total Asbestos, Robin and Salem Tredrea
Already one of the most dangerous players in the game, Wingard has so much football growth left in him. He is elusive, fast and has a terrific vertical leap as well as a remarkable goal-sense. When thrown into the midfield, he has an immediate impact. He booted a career-high 53 goals last year, the third consecutive season he has kicked at least 40. He is a superstar capable of winning games off his own boot – and he is just 22. Signed a contract extension which ties him to Port until the end of the 2019 season.
Wingard debuted as a substitute in the opening round of 2012 and excited the crowd with his fast running, agile gameplay. Recovering from a shoulder injury which kept him out of action for two weeks, Wingard played 19 out of the Power’s 22 games for the year. His explosive and influential 27-disposal performance in the midfield against Brisbane in round 22 saw him win a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination. He was awarded the Gavin Wanganeen Medal for the club’s best player under 21 years at the Power’s annual best and fairest awards night.
A John Cahill Medal, Showdown Medal, All-Australian selection and Supporters' MVP were listed along Wingard's name at the end of the 2013 season. He won games - particularly Showdown XXXV - off his own boot and blitzed his teammates in the best and fairest count after Round 8. Recognised with All-Australian selection as a result of his breakout year, Wingard became a household name and elevated himself to star status at Port Adelaide.
Wingard came to the fore in key moments throughout 2014, notably with sterling performances up forward against Adelaide in the first game at the new Adelaide Oval, but it was his five-goal performance against Fremantle in both Round 8 and inspired four goals against the Dockers in the semi final that capped his season. A quieter year, but a solid performance he can build on for 2015.
Wingard flew under the radar in the first handful of games for the 2015 season, but was able to find the ball and have a significant impact up forward, spending a little more time in the midfield. He hit career-best form midway through the year and finished a disappointing team season on a strong individual note after being named in the AFL's All-Australian team for the second time and coming runner-up in the club's John Cahill Medal count.
2011 National Draft, Pick 6 – Port Adelaide
Aligned SANFL Club
Rd 1, 2012 v St Kilda
PAFC (AFL) cap number
50 AFL Games
Rd 8, 2014 v Fremantle
50 AFL Goals
Elimination Final, 2013 v Collingwood
NAB Rising Star
2012, Rd 22 nomination
1 cap - 2014 test v Ireland, Perth
2013 (Showdown XXXV)
AFL Players' 22-under-22 team
John Cahill Medal
Gavin Wanganeen Medal
Renault Supporters' MVP