Simon Wiggins

Simon Wiggins

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Simon Wiggins (born 11 September 1982) is a former Australian rules footballer who played in the Australian Football League (AFL).

He was recruited as the number 15 draft pick in the 2000 AFL Draft from Glenorchy. He made his debut for the Carlton Football Club in Round 5, 2001 against St Kilda.

Wiggins has battled with injury and form at his time at Carlton. He only played six games in his debut season, and has never managed to play a full season since suffering knee, shoulder and hamstring injuries as well as some slumps in form. He broke into the Blues' lineup for the last month of the 2005 season.

Despite his inconsistency, he has surprisingly been retained on the list for several seasons, and is one of the few survivors from the club's 1999–2001 horror recruiting period, despite suffering from severe leg injuries throughout the seasons. The faith shown in him has been repaid, with solid form shown midway through the 2006 season, in a role as a marking forward (similar to Aaron Hamill), both in leading and tall roles. He typically plays beyond the 50 m arc, setting up attacks rather than finishing them which was illustrated in 2008 where he ranked high for goal assists in the competition. He played fourteen games in 2006, with some quality performances amongst some forgettable outings.

After playing several games as a half-forward in 2008 Wiggins reached his 100th game in round 17, kicking a career high four goals to help Carlton beat the highly fancied Western Bulldogs....
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