Athlete Australian-rules footballer Football player

Todd Goldstein

Quick Facts

IntroAustralian rules footballer
Is Athlete
Football player
Australian-rules footballer
From Australia
Type Sports
Birth1 July 1988
Age32 years
Star signCancer
Trinity Grammar School
Sports Teams
North Melbourne Football Club


Todd Goldstein (born 1 July 1988) is an Australian rules footballer playing for the North Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Goldstein is a ruckman who wears the number 22, and was drafted from the Oakleigh Chargers with the 37th selection in the 2006 AFL Draft. In 2015 he became the first-ever player to reach 1000 hitouts in a season.

Junior career

Goldstein stands at 201 cm, and has a basketball background, where he represented Australia at Under-19 level. Goldstein was a member of the Oakleigh Chargers 2006 side that won the TAC Cup.

Goldstein kicked a goal with his first kick for Victorian Football League side Tasmanian Devils Football Club in 2007.

Goldstein played his junior basketball at Balwyn Blazers and Nunawading Spectres. He moved to football in 2006, playing for the Oakleigh Chargers and nominated for the AFL draft in that same year.

AFL career

Goldstein was brought into the North Melbourne side for their Round 15 clash with the Port Adelaide Power at AAMI Stadium in 2008. He made his AFL debut in this game, where he collected four disposals and won 13 hitouts. In the next round, Goldstein kicked two goals against the Collingwood Magpies.

Goldstein played one of the best games of his career to date against the Melbourne Demons in the round 19, 2009 match at Etihad Stadium. He finished with 5 goals, 25 hitouts and helped his team mates to a 10-goal win. He was awarded two Brownlow Medal votes for this game.

In 2010 he played in 21 of 22 games, and often had to ruck for long periods, due to injuries to the Kangaroos other ruckmen, Hamish McIntosh, David Hale and Drew Petrie.

In 2011 he has taken over the number one ruck duties at North Melbourne in the absence of McIntosh and has begun to establish himself as one of the leagues premier big men. In the round 10 match against the Sydney Swans he set a career best record of 53 hitouts which he equaled again just 4 weeks later.

By 2015 he has established himself as an elite ruckman, ranking as the number 1 ruck in the competition and number 4 player overall. In a poll by in May, 81% of respondents considered him the best current ruck in the AFL. His season was rewarded with the Syd Barker Medal as North Melbourne’s best-and-fairest player.
Also in the season of 2015, Goldstein became the first player in AFL history to garner 1000 hitouts in a single season, and in round 12 against Greater Western Sydney broke the record of most hitouts in a single game with 80 total.


Statistics are correct to the end of 2019
 G Goals B Behinds K Kicks H Handballs D Disposals M Marks T Tackles H/O Hit-outs
TotalsAverages (per game)
2008North Melbourne22320881664290.
2009North Melbourne221394455910436181790.
2010North Melbourne2221101212312124490703670.
2011North Melbourne222113615113728873927410.
2012North Melbourne22212411414325756536630.
2013North Melbourne222213411315026366658220.
2014North Melbourne222410798190288521148380.
2015North Melbourne2224111015719535210010210580.
2016North Melbourne222220712817530369698040.
2017North Melbourne22191269416125554555760.
2018North Melbourne222212513918132074637830.
2019North Melbourne22225713923036962387370.20.36.310.516.82.81.733.55

Personal life

Son of Andrea and Jeff, and brother of Luke and Kye, Todd grew up in the inner south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. His schooling involved attending Trinity Grammar School (in secondary school) and Preshil (in primary school).