Nat grew up in Lake Grace, a small town of about 500 people in the eastern wheatbelt region of Western Australia. After moving to boarding school at Aquinas College, he played WAFL Colts for Claremont Tigers, starring in their 2009 Grand Final win with 6 goals and 34 possessions. Nat was also selected in the WA Under 18’s Championship squad kicking 9 goals from 4 games.
He was selected by the Fremantle Dockers with the 20th pick in the 2009 AFL Draft. Nat’s debut came in Round 5, 2010, in Fremantle’s 39 point win over the Richmond Tigers. In doing so, he became the 150th player to represent the Fremantle Dockers at AFL level.
He was awarded the AFL Rising Star nomination for Round 9 of the 2010 AFL season after collecting 23 possessions, 4 clearances, 5 tackles and 7 marks in Fremantle’s first victory over Sydney in Sydney since 1996.
In his career to date, Nat is already a dual Doig Medalist (2013 & 2014), a multiple All Australian (2014 & 2015), twice winner of the AFL Players’ Association MVP Award (2014 & 2015) and the 2015 Brownlow Medalist. In February 2017, Nat was appointed the captain of the Fremantle Football Club and is set to lead the team into the upcoming 2018 AFL season.