ADAM SIMPSON was recruited by the North Melbourne Kangaroos as pick No. 14 in the 1993 AFL National Draft. He had played in the Northern Knights Under 18 Team after playing his earlier Junior Football with the Eltham Football Club in the Diamond Valley Football League ( in the North Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne). Simpson debuted early in the 1995 Season, going on to play 306 Games, kicking 83 Goals, until his retirement on 31 July, 2009.
Adam Simpson was an extremely fit payer, only missing 7 Games during his career due to injury. His hard worth ethic was a great example to his Team Mates. He was a raking left foot kick and developed quickly into a valuable and versatile utility player. Simpson’s ability to fully run out every game, contributed strongly to his ability to win a lot of hard contests for the ball, as well as swiftly moving to create further opportunities and options as a loose player. He was a strong mark , and his long and accurate kicking into the Forward Line, created many Goal Scoring opportunities for the Kangaroos Forwards . Wayne Carey became a regular benefactor of Simpson’s ball-winning capabilities, and when the Roos were challenged, Simpson could regularly be counted upon to break down opposing Club’s forward thrusts, by taking timely intercepting Marks floating back to support his Defenders.
Simpson was honoured as a 1996 AFL Rising Star Nominee and capped an excellent Season by being a member of the North Melbourne Kangaroos Premiership Team. He had become an integral cog in the Roos machine by the 1999 Season, when he won further recognition as a memeber of the 1999 Kangaroos Premiership Team. Further individual Honours followed in an outstanding 2002 Season , when he won All Australian Selection and the Kangaroos Best and Fairest Player Award ( Syd Barker Medal). Another highly proficient Season in 2003, where he was Runner-up in the Kangaroos Best and Fairest Award, saw the Club Hierarchy honour him with appointment as Club Captain. He led by example in an inspirational manner as Kangaroos Captain from 2004- 2008, continually featuring highly in the Annual Club Best and Fairest Award. He retired during the 2009 AFL Season, when the Kangaroos could no longer feature in the Finals Series, and to provide Game Opportunities for the younger Kangaroos being deveoped to take his place.
Adam Simpson was quickly sought out by the Hawthorn Hawks Football Club following his retirement, and was appointed an Assistant Coach for Season 2010. He continued to make an outstanding contribution to the development of Hawthorn’s Players and the Club’s Game Plan, culminating in victory for the 2013 AFL Premiership. Following the retirement of John Worsfold, the West Coast Eagles appointed Adam Simpson to their Senior Coaches role for the 2014 Season.
There is no doubt that some of the disciplinary issues that had caused the West Coast Eagles to under-perform , since their 2006 Premiership Win, will be immediately eradicated by the hard-nosed and uncompomising demands of Simpson, to focus intently on Cohesive Team Performance. Should the Eagles experience a lesser impact of serious injuries to key players during the 2014 Season, they would be expected to take part in the Finals Series. The benefits of Simpson’s Finals appearances as a Player, and his most recent success as an Assistant Coach at Hawthorn, will be a massive bonus to the Eagles , who possess much untapped potential.