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Ricky Henderson

Last played for Hawthorn Hawks in 2020
Games: 159     Born: September 11, 1988     Origin: Trentham
Playing Height: 188cm     Playing Weight: 89kg     Position: Midfield
First Drafted: Round 1, Pick #10 2008 Rookie Draft by Adelaide Crows
Last Drafted: Round 5, Pick #82 2010 National Draft by Adelaide Crows
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Ricky Henderson Biography

Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Ricky Henderson announces his retirement from AFL football.

"Since the moment I arrived, I loved the change Hawthorn provided and the environment at the club. I'm really pleased to have been able to spend the last few years of my AFL career in the brown and gold," he said.

"I'm happy to be moving into a new chapter of life and look forward to whatever comes next."

Saturday, 5 October 2019
James Worpel becomes the youngest winner of the Peter Crimmins Medal in 48 years after being named Hawthorn's club's best and fairest for 2019 at just 20 years old.

Worpel polled 115 votes to win from revitalised winger Ricky Henderson (104) and fellow young star Jaeger O'Meara (103).

Monday, 23 September 2019
Ricky Henderson signs a one-year deal with Hawthorn to remain at the club in 2020.

The 31-year-old enjoyed a career-best season in 2019, averaging 24.6 disposals, 7.23 marks and 4.2 inside 50s across his 22 appearances.

"Hendo has been a very valuable player for us over the past three years," Hawks general manager of football Graham Wright said.

"He took his game to another level in 2019 and made the wing position his own. We're looking forward to seeing what he can produce next year."

Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Ricky Henderson is enjoying a breakout season, being arguably one of the AFL's most in-form wingman in so far in 2019.

Henderson ranks first in the AFL among wingmen for disposals, second for metres gained, inside 50s, marks and uncontested possessions and eighth for contested possessions.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Former Crow Ricky Henderson becomes a Hawk on the final day of the first delisted free agency period.

"Ricky is a terrific addition to our list and has the versatility to play both in the midfield and across half-back," Hawks list manager Graham Wright said.

"We look forward to welcoming him to the club and seeing what he can produce in the brown and gold."

Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Hawthorn looks certain to land former Adelaide defender Ricky Henderson as a delisted free agent as it continues to reshape its list.

The Hawks set their sights on the 28-year-old, who was not selected for the Crows' two finals in 2016 despite being in reasonable form late in the season.

Monday, 31 October 2016
The Crows cut Ricky Henderson and midfielder Mitch Grigg ahead of the AFL's first list lodgement deadline.

The Crows have also confirmed the upgrading of ruckman Reilly O'Brien, a new two-year deal for emerging forward Harry Dear and one-year extensions for rookies Jonathon Beech and Paul Hunter.

Thursday, 6 October 2016
Adelaide media have reported that the Crows will not offer uncontracted free agent Ricky Henderson a new contract, preferring to receive a compensation draft pick rather than orchestrate a trade.

Henderson's manager Ned Guy said "quite a few clubs" were interested in the 28-year-old Victorian.

Guy said Henderson will assess his options next week after he gets married this weekend.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016
Having had a bulging disc removed from his back just before Christmas, Ricky Henderson is hopeful he can return to his damaging best in 2016.

"I had a little disk bulge that I had removed – day to day it's so much easier … it was giving me a fair bit of pain," he said.

"Playing last year I was in a little bit of pain throughout the season.

"Moving on from here it's just about getting my conditioning back and getting back on track from there.

"We don't want to rush it too much because it is a back and it's obviously pretty important. Hopefully I can be back round one."

Thursday, 17 December 2015
Ricky Henderson's pre-season has been delayed after undergoing back surgery.

Henderson played out the 2015 season with a back complaint, in the hope it would settle in the off-season.

However it hasn't progressed and the club decided surgery was the best course of action.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Ricky Henderson says he is ready to return to his best football a year since breaking his fibula at the ankle in a training drill.

"I struggled actually a fair bit – it probably took me until the last round or second-last round to get confidence back in what I was doing," Henderson said.

"It's a distant memory now … it's been a long time and the rehab's fully complete.

"I'm feeling a lot better [now compared to just before the injury last year] – I didn't do a whole heap of the pre-season last year."

Thursday, 24 July 2014
Ricky Henderson signs a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the Crows until at least the end of 2017.

"I like where our club is heading," Henderson said.

"We have a talented young team and a coaching group which I think can bring the best out of me and the rest of the boys.

"I also enjoy the Adelaide lifestyle."

Friday, 4 July 2014
Ricky Henderson will make his AFL comeback this week for the Crows against GWS after recovering from a broken leg.

"Rick's worked so hard since he went down and has such a great personality – everyone loves him around the footy club. It really deflated us all at the time when it happened," teammate Tom Lynch said.

"We know what we're going to get with Rick – he works, communicates and reads the play so well…he's so important to our structure."

Monday, 17 February 2014
Ricky Henderson will miss the majority of the 2014 season after scans confirmed he had suffered a broken fibula at the ankle after being tackled during a team session.

"Obviously, somewhere in that process he's lost his balance and there's been a distribution of weight [through his leg]," Crows list manager David Noble said.

"He's had a terrific pre-season campaign and through an accident at training it's put his season on hold."

Friday, 27 September 2013
Ricky Henderson has emerged as a potential trade option for the Crows as they attempt to gain earlier picks in this year's NAB AFL Draft, despite remaining contracted to the Crows until the end of 2015.
Monday, 19 August 2013
After enjoying a breakout 2013 where he averaged a career-high 19 possessions from 14 games, Ricky Henderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, putting an end to his season.
Sunday, 7 April 2013
The AFLPA and Crows express disappointment at embarrassing footage of Ricky Henderson in the training rooms being published in the media.

"The Adelaide Football Club asks that out of respect for the privacy of player Ricky Henderson, media outlets do not publish the footage or stills from halftime," the Crows said in a statement.

"Disappointing the footage of Ricky Henderson aired. We'll follow up to find out why. Cameras in place on basis player privacy respected," AFLPA general manager Ian Prendergast tweeted.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012
Versatile Crow Ricky Henderson has signed a new three-year deal with Adelaide.

"For someone with a limited background in football, Ricky has come a long way in his short time with the club," Adelaide's list manager David Noble said.

"We believe he still has plenty of room to improve and are pleased he has committed to the club for another three years. Rick's versatility and outstanding speed make him a valuable member of our team."

Sunday, 8 July 2012
Nathan van Berlo admits he was surprised with the six-goal haul of teammate Ricky Henderson against Port Adelaide.

"You never know what Hendo's got in him … he probably hasn't kicked six goals in a game for his whole life I don't think," Van Berlo said.

"We all know he's lightening quick and he can jump and he's pretty tall and he's a likely type down forward which he showed. He's only been playing since he was 16 so it's another great effort and a great story."

Friday, 23 April 2010
Ricky Henderson makes his AFL debut for Adelaide at Docklands Stadium with 6 disposals (5 kicks and a handball), 4 marks and a tackle in a 49-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.
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