Chris Tarrant (footballer)

Chris Tarrant (footballer)
Chris Tarrant

Chris Tarrant while playing with Collingwood,
during the 2006 AFL Season
Personal information
Full name Chris Tarrant
Nickname(s) Taz, Tazza
Date of birth 18 September 1980 (1980-09-18) (age 31)
Place of birth Mildura, Victoria
Original team Bendigo Pioneers (TAC Cup)
Draft #8, 1997 National Draft, Collingwood
Height/Weight 193cm / 94kg
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current club Collingwood
Number 2
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1998 – 2006
2007 – 2010
2011 –
161 (299)
72 (60)
23 (2)
256 (361)
1 Playing statistics to end of 2011 season .
Career highlights

Chris Tarrant (born 18 September 1980) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Collingwood Football Club, and has also played for the Fremantle Football Club. He announced at the end of the 2010 AFL season that he would return to Melbourne for personal reasons and would not extend his contract with Fremantle for the 2011 season.[1] He has since returned to the Collingwood Football Club via a trade. He made his name as a key forward, but since 2009, Tarrant has found a new position in the backline. Tarrant is noted for his spectacular high marking, athleticism and pace on a lead.


Early life

Born in Mildura, Victoria, Tarrant originally played for South Mildura in the Sunraysia Football League and moved to Bendigo in 1996 on an AFL scholarship.

In his younger days he was a top basketballer, making the Victorian state Under 15 squad before concentrating on football.

AFL career

Collingwood Football Club

His 2003 season was his best for Collingwood as he was an All-Australian forward, playing all 22 games plus three finals. He kicked 54 goals and topped Collingwood's goalkicking, and won the 2003 Mark of the Year for his high-flying mark against Geelong.

Despite being hampered by knee problems in 2005, Tarrant kicked 36 goals from 17 games be Collingwood's lead goalkicker for a fifth-straight season.

In November 2005, Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse stated that Tarrant had gained strength in his legs after a successful recovery from post-season knee surgery. A big 2006 season was predicted from the enigmatic Tarrant, however this did not eventuate.

Honours bestowed upon Tarrant during his AFL career include All Australian selection in 2003, Second place in the Collingwood Best & Fairest award (Copeland Trophy) in 2003, Club Leading Goalkicker in 2001, 2002 (equal), 2003, 2004, 2005, and Mark Of The Year in 2003.

Fremantle Football Club

On 13 October 2006, the final day of trade week and after being linked with several clubs – primarily the two Western Australian clubs West Coast and Fremantle, Tarrant was traded to the Fremantle Football Club in a deal that saw Paul Medhurst and Draft Selection #8 head to Collingwood.[2]

On being traded to the Dockers, Tarrant said that Subiaco Oval, both Fremantle and the West Coast Eagles' home ground, would suit his style of play. He also thought that playing alongside Matthew Pavlich, a similar styled player, would be difficult for opposition defences. He also looked forward to a chance to play in the same team as his former schoolmate Dean Solomon, who was also traded to Fremantle.[3]

Tarrant was initially used to work up on the ground for the Dockers and had racked up multiple possessions playing in that role. He has also played as a second string forward in a forward line that depended much on Pavlich.

In 2009, coach Harvey moved Tarrant into defence following some poor form up forward. The move was successful with Tarrant putting together a string of noteworthy defensive performances on opposition forwards as well as providing some penetrating rebound attack.

Return to Collingwood

On 11 October 2010, the final day of the trade period, Tarrant returned to Collingwood in a trade that saw Tarrant and pick 44 traded to Collingwood for picks 43 and 55. He lost the 0 from his Guernsey number and will wear No 2.

Off field incidents

In August 2006, Tarrant and Collingwood teammate Ben Johnson were involved in a fight at a Port Melbourne nightclub. Johnson was charged with recklessly causing injury and unlawful assault and accepted responsibility for the incident.[4] Tarrant was not charged, but was fined $5000 by Collingwood for breaking the players code of conduct.[5]

In June 2007, Tarrant was accused of showing his backside to a female patron of a Darwin nightclub and punching the Federal ALP candidate for Division of Solomon, Damian Hale, after he confronted Tarrant about his behaviour. After the Fremantle Football Club took the unusual step of referring the matter to the AFL to investigate, they fined Tarrant $5000 and suspended him for three matches, with two matches suspended until the end 2008.[6]

Career highlights

  • 2nd Collingwood best and fairest 2003
  • Collingwood leading goalkicker 2001, 2002 (equal), 2003, 2004, 2005
  • 2001 Anzac Day Medal
  • All-Australian 2003
  • AFL Mark of the Year 2003
  • 2006 Jason McCartney Medal


  1. ^ Chris Tarrant to return to Melbourne
  2. ^ Davini, D;Fremantle secures Tarrant & Solomon; 13 October 2006;Retrieved on 29 June 2007
  3. ^ Duffield, M; Move west new horizon for Tarrant; 24 March 2007; Retrieved on 29 June 2007
  4. ^ Court orders Johnson to donate to charity; 19 December 2006;Retrieved on 29 June 2007
  5. ^ Kate Uebergang; Ben Johnson to avoid court; 21 November 2006; Retrieved on 29 June 2007
  6. ^ AAP;Tarrant banned, fined by Dockers; 22 June 2007; Retrieved on 29 June 2007

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Preceded by
Jonathan Brown
AFL Mark of the Year
Succeeded by
Ashley Sampi

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