Darren Gaspar

20 May 1976
1997 Richmond 3rd Best and Fairest
2000 & 2001 All Australian
2000 Richmond 2 nd Best and Fairest
2001 Richmond Best and Fairest
2001 International Rules Series
State of Origin games: 1

The number one draft pick for the Sydney Swans in the 1993 National Draft, Darren Gaspar is no stranger to expectation. Recruited from South Fremantle in the Western Australian Football League, he played 21 games for the Swans during the 1994 and 1995 seasons.

A much sought after defender, Darren was lured to Punt Road for the beginning of the 1996 season and it soon became apparent why. He quickly established himself as one of the competitionís elite defenders, consistently outpointing some of the games highest profile forwards.

Following achilles problems in 1998, Darren returned to re-assert himself in the Tigers defence. Runner-up in Richmond s best and fairest award during 2000, he clinched his first club champion prize in 2001. He was also named in the All Australian side in 2000 and 2001, taking the mantle from Stephen Silvangi as the AFL's premier full back.

A knee injury during the middle stages of 2003 hampered Darren's 2004 season, however new Richmond coach Terry Wallace wasn't surprised to see him return to career best form during 2005, once again holding down the full back position. Only a hamstring injury late in the season could slow the veteran down.

Darren also played his 200th game during the 2005 and will be looking to improve on the 8 games that he played in 2006 due to injury.