A stunning illustrated companion to Dustin Martin’s stellar career, this book celebrates Australia’s most popular football player with never before published photos of his early life and behind-the-scenes moments. As a fully authorised publication, it's the ultimate book for footy fans everywhere, from the most popular player in one of AFL's most popular teams.
From his earliest moments as a small child, badgering his dad to get his very own footy; to the shy teenager who went to the draft expecting nothing; to winning the highest accolades; to behind the scenes at the club and out and about, this book is a revealing story of Dustin Martin's rise to the very top of AFL football. Richmond fans as well as fans across the code will discover the true Dustin Martin revealed through stunning pictures.
Published to coincide with the end of the AFL season and to celebrate Dusty's amazing career to date, this will be a must have, must give, must read for all footy fans.
Dustin ‘Dusty’ Martin continually awes AFL fans, regardless of club allegiance, and this book will be awe inspiring!
Dustin Martin (born 26 June 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Richmond Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Martin grew up in Castlemaine, Victoria, and as a junior played for the Castlemaine Football Club and the Bendigo Pioneers. He was drafted by Richmond with the third pick in the 2009 national draft, and made his debut for the club in round one of the 2010 season. He was nominated for the 2010 AFL Rising Star award, but was ineligible to win due to suspension.
After becoming a household name in his first few seasons, Martin won the Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's best and fairest player in 2016, along with his first All-Australian selection. In 2017, Martin had an individual season which was described by AFL legend Leigh Matthews as the greatest ever by a VFL/AFL player. Despite constant media speculation over his contractual future, Martin won the league's highest individual honour, the Brownlow Medal, with a record 36 votes, as well as the Leigh Matthews Trophy, the AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award, his second All-Australian selection, a premiership and the Norm Smith Medal as the best afield in the 2017 AFL Grand Final, among other accolades. By achieving this feat, Martin became the first player to win a Brownlow Medal, premiership and Norm Smith Medal in a single season. He then capped off his season by winning the Gary Ayres Award as the best player in that year's finals series, along with his second Jack Dyer Medal. Martin won his third All-Australian selection the following year.