Nick Holman found a consistent spot in Stuart Dew’s best side in 2021 and took the opportunity with both hands.
Playing a key role at half-forward, Holman provided the SUNS with a reliable option in attack.
Holman, often praised for his defensive pressure, was able to also hit the scoreboard kicking 10 goals.
The 26-year-old is a much-loved teammate who is fearless in the contest and gives a hard edge to the SUNS forward line which allows others to flourish around him.
Holman played in 16 matches in 2021 before abdominal surgery ended his year prematurely.
In one of the bravest moments of the season, Holman played through a significant injury in the SUNS round 18 loss to the Western Bulldogs.
SUNS coach Stuart Dew said it was one of the toughest things he’d seen on a football field.
Holman finished ninth in the 2021 SUNS Club Champion, highlighting his importance to the team.
Game of the year
Holman’s best game of 2021 came in round 6, a win over the finals-bound Sydney Swans.
In one of the more complete performances for the season, Holman had 23 disposals, seven marks, a goal and a season-high 13 tackles.
As a pressure forward, Holman prides himself on his tackling and pressure which were his best outputs on the stats sheet this season.
Averaging 4.5 tackles per game and 19.2 pressure acts, this demonstrates Holman’s role within the SUNS line-up.