Dylan Grimes

Date of Birth: 16/07/1991
Height: 193 cm
Weight: 88 kg
Guernsey: 2
Debut: 29/08/2010, Round 22, Port Adelaide
Last Game:

Seasons: 2010 -
Total Games: 192
Total Goals: 3

2017 Premiership player.
2017 Best Clubman award.
2019 Premership player
2020 Premiership player
Best and Fairest winner 2021
2022 Co-Captain

Dylan Grimes is a brother of Jack Grimes , former Melbourne player and captain. Dylan grew up on a hobby farm in Panton Hill and played junior football for Hurstbridge in the Northern Football League before moving to the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup. Dylan went undrafted in the 2009 AFL National Draft . He was offered the opportunity to train with Richmond in the pre-season . Dylan was drafted by Richmond with pick 2 overall in the AFL 2009 Pre-season Draft . Dylan played the majority of his first season with Richmond’s VFL Affiliate Coburg including multiple games in Coburg reserves and was hampered by an eye injury which kept him to a reduced number of games. Dylan made his senior debut with Richmond in Round 22, 2010 against Port Adelaide. Dylan started the 2011 season playing with Coburg but injuries to Alex Rance and Luke McGuane saw him called up to take a key defensive role in the senior team in Round 3 against Hawthorn and recorded 15 spoils ( an AFL record at the time). He played the next 4 games in the senior team and held the number one ranking for the league in spoils . A severe hamstring injury
sustained in the ’ Dreamtime at the G ‘ match against Essendon saw him sidelined for the rest of 2011. Dylan returned fully fit for the 2012 season and established himself immediately as a regular senior player being selected in Round 1 against Carlton .

He received a rising a Rising Star nomination in Round 3 and in Round 7 against Sydney he had career high statistics with 13 marks, 24 disposals and 6 rebounds 50’s . Dylan frustratingly again suffered a hamstring injury in the “ Dream time at the G ‘ match against Essendon. He missed 5 weeks of football returning in Round 14 against Adelaide and was playing well with 10 marks before he aggravated his hamstring injury requiring further treatment. He travelled to Germany soon after to be treated by the renowned but controversial soft tissue sports injuries expert Dr Hans –Wilhelm Muller – Wohlfarht. Part of the treatment involved injections of calf blood extract actovegin directly into the affected muscle, together with 200 injections into his lower back over the course of 1 week. Dylan did not return to football in 2012. Dylan was added to the Richmond leadership group under newly appointed captain Trent Cotchin. Dylan‘s start to 2013 was delayed by surgery to his hamstring in the. pre-season and he played his first game of 2013 in Round 2 against StKilda . He played 5 consecutive games before fracturing his foot in
Round 6 against Geelong. Dylan was again on the sidelines this time for 15 weeks returning to football in Round 21. He the final 3 home and away games before playing his first final an Elimination Final loss against Carlton. Dylan played 19 games ( a career best ) in 2014 including another Elimination Final loss this time to Port Adelaide. Dylan was left out of the club’s leadership group in 2015 and played 18 games for the season including a third successive Elimination Final loss against this time North Melbourne. He missed 5 games with hamstring injuries in 2015. Dylan played 16 games in 2016 missing 5 games through hamstring soreness, the 2016 season being a very disappointing season for the club. Dylan entered 2017 season fully fit ( fingers crossed ) and established as one of the top defenders in the competition.

Dylan played 25 games in 2017, 23 games in 2018, 24 games in 2019 and 20 games in the Covid pandemic impacted 2020 season when only 17 home and away games plus finals were played. Dylan through that four year period had become a three-time
Premiership player like many of his teammates . He was continually reported in all media as one of the top defenders in the competition. Dylan finished 5th in the club Best and Fairest in 2019 and was selected in the All Australian team and received the AFL Players Association Robert Rose Most Courageous Player Award.

Dylan played 21 games in 2021 in what turned out to be a difficult year for the Tigers with injuries to key players and some loss of form in the team overall . For Dylan though he continued to provide outstanding leadership and won the 2021 Best and Fairest winner, the Jack Dyer Medal. Dylan has been a key leader and player who has managed severe injuries in what was an amazing period in Richmond’s history – Three Premierships in four years , 2017,2019 and 2020.
He was appointed co-captain of the club for 2022 season.

Hurstbridge ; Northern Knights U/18 ; NSW/ACT U/18. Joined Richmond with Richmond's draft selection pick 2 overall in 2010 Pre-season Draft.