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Alan Didak
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Personal information
Birth 15 February 1983 (1983-02-15) (age 26)South Australia
Recruited from Port Adelaide (SANFL)
Height and weight 184cm / 85kg
Playing career¹
Debut 13 May 2001, Collingwood vs. Kangaroos, at Telstra Dome
Team(s) Collingwood (2001-)

158 Games, 215 Goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2009 season
Career highlights

Alan Didak (born 15 February 1983) is a professional Australian rules footballer of Croatian descent[1] playing for the Collingwood Football Club in the Australian Football League.


Early life

Alan Didak played in the SANFL seniors with Port Adelaide at 17 years of age. He was the captain of the Under 18 Australian International rules football in the junior International Rules Series against Ireland.

AFL career

Didak was drafted by the Collingwood Football Club in the 2000 AFL Draft, and in 2001 he made his AFL debut against the Kangaroos at the Telstra Dome in Round 7; scoring 10 touches and 1 goal. He played five games in total in 2001.

In 2002, Alan earned an AFL Rising Star nomination.[2]

In 2005, Alan Didak's season was disrupted by injuries and problems. He had knee surgery during the pre-season, setting him up for his first game on ANZAC Day against Essendon. His injury had an effect upon his performances. Having niggles since the mid-year break, he was suspended in round 14 for 2 matches, and returning from that he injured an ankle. The next week he returned he lasted only 20 minutes, when Didak suddenly fainted on the ground with an irregular heart beat.[3].

In 2006 Alan Didak was awarded the Copeland Trophy as the best and fairest Collingwood player for 2006.[4]

Personal life

In late June 2007, it was revealed Didak had met with Christopher Hudson, the self-confessed shooter in the 2007 Melbourne CBD shootings days before the shootings took place. According to police, Didak left the Spearmint Rhino with Hudson, where Hudson then allegedly fired random shots before travelling to the Hells Angels' East County Chapter headquarters in Campbellfield. Police believe Didak was later dropped off near Southbank after the shooting incidents about 6am.[5]

On 3 August, 2008, Didak was a passenger in a car being driven by intoxicated teammate Heath Shaw, which collided with another parked car. Both men initially denied Didak was in any way involved. However, witness accounts to the incident identified him, and on August 4, 2008 both men were imposed with sanctions over the deception.[6]


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Preceded by
James Clement
Copeland Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Travis Cloke


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