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In 2006 Edwards signed up with the Frankston Dolphins in the Victorian Football League (VFL). Edwards had a sensational 2006 season with the Dolphins, winning the Frosty Miller Medal for kicking the most goals in the home and away season. Described in the VFL Record as the “Goalkicking Gladiator”, he then reached his final tally of 100 goals in the Dolphins’ semi-final. He also collected the J. J. Liston Trophy as the VFL’s best and fairest player for 2006 with eighteen votes. On 25 November 2006 the North Melbourne Football Club selected Aaron Edwards in the 2006 AFL Draft with their sixth round selection (82nd overall pick) effectively giving Edwards a second chance at elite lev. In 2007, Edwards began the season solidly, earning himself a spot in the senior side as a leading full-forward in the absence of Nathan Thompson. His game featured hard leading and he managed to kick more than a goal a game on several occasions as well as drawing attention for taking spectacular contested marks, including a nomination for the Mark of the Year. Commentators consistently draw comparisons of Aaron Edwards game to Melbourne Demons forward Russell Robertson. During the 2008 season, Edwards broke his leg playing against the Sydney Swans, after which he missed most of the season, returning in round 20. Edwards’ form lapsed in 2009, managing just 14 goals from 10 games. Despite starting 2010 strongly he was eventually dropped to the VFL before returning to some form for North Ballarat in the reserves, impressing with a seven-goal haul and spectacular mark against Collingwood. In 2011, Edwards has finally cemented his spot in the team with a six-goal haul against Melbourne and five goals against Gold Coast. After round 12, he had kicked 22 goals and only 2 behinds (92%). Richmond career On 26 October 2012, Edwards was traded to the Richmond Football Club in exchange for pick 74 in the 2012 National Draft. He was delisted at the conclusion of the 2014 AFL season.

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