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The best example of his brilliant leadership was a remarkably courageous mark in the final term as the skipper threw caution to the wind, running back with the flight to reach a skied ball with an opponent heading straight for him. Returned Essendon speedster Conor McKenna is expected to push for selection in the club’s AFL season opener, but doubt continues to surround the fitness of Dyson Heppell. , Heppell finished strongly in the Morrish Medal count, which is awarded to the best and fairest player in the TAC Cup regular season, eventually tying for the award with Jackson Sketcher of the Sandringham Dragons, after achieving the maximum votes possible from rounds 13 to 17. , In the week before the draft, however, a rumour, which Heppell denied, began circulating that he was suffering from groin problems. Dyson Heppell of the Essendon Bombers profile and AFL statistics. Age: 28yr 5mth Games: 172 Born: May 14, 1992 Origin: Gippsland Power. He accumulated 36 disposals in an elimination final victory and was named best on ground in the preliminary final win to qualify for the TAC Cup Grand Final.  Despite finishing the regular season in sixth place on the ladder, both Gippsland and Heppell had a good finals series. He has served as Essendon captain since the 2017 season. Dyson Heppell shaved his famed dreadlocks off for charity. Age: 28yr 4mth Games: 172 Born: May 14, 1992 Origin: Gippsland Power. Heppell described winning the award as "a dream come true".. Compare Dyson Heppell to other players.  Due to this, Essendon, which had the eighth selection, became interested that he might fall to their pick, and Heppell spoke to newly appointed coach, James Hird, days before the draft. , The 2020 season was played with 17 home-and-away matches per team (down from 22) and 16-minute quarters with time on (down from 20-minute quarters with time on) due to the, "Leongatha locals Dyson Heppell, Jarryd Roughead two of only 18 AFL captains for 2017 season", "Dream comes true for Bomber fan Dyson Heppell in AFL national draft", "Scans spark draft doubt for Dyson Heppell", "NAB AFL Rising Star round one: Dyson Heppell", "Dyson Heppell tipped to win the AFL's NAB Rising Star Award", "Essendon Bombers Dyson Heppell wins Rising Star", "Dyson Heppell claims his first Essendon club championship, the Crichton Medal", "Thirteen fresh faces in 2014's new-look All Australian side", "Thirty-four present and former Bombers cleared of all drug charges", "Guilty: court bans the Essendon 34 for 2016", "Dyson Heppell named Essendon captain for 2017", "Top Don locked in until 2022, stays skipper for another year". He was suspended for two years which, with backdating, ended in November 2016; as a result, he served approximately fourteen months of his suspension and missed the entire 2016 AFL season. Provided Heppell’s recovery from post-season surgery goes to plan, he is expected to integrate into main training in early December, which should see him well prepared to hit the ground running in 2020. Enter the players' full name eg. , Despite his performance in the grand final, Heppell was an impressive performer at the AFL draft camp, and was touted by many as being a potential top five draft pick in the 2010 national draft, with some even claiming he could go as high as top three. 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Despite his challenges, the tough midfielder was still able to finish first at the club for average contested possessions (11.7) and average ground ball gets (8.3), second for average disposals (26.3), third for clearances (3.8) and fourth for inside 50s (3.7) – a powerful display of his quality and work ethic. He showed terrific balance in the contest to keep his feet and repeatedly part the sea in the slop in a classy display. He polled three Brownlow Medal votes for his 36-possession and two-goal effort against Melbourne in round 2 and was in the best players for the comeback win over Carlton in round 11.