Paul Chapman joined Geelong in 1999, as National Draft pick 31. By 2002 he was in the seniors side along with players like Cameron Ling, Gary Ablett, Stevie Johnson, Jimmy Bartel. The coach was Bomber Thompson and the side was destined for glory. In 2006 Paul won Best and Fairest over Jimmy Bartel and Gary Ablett. 2007 and Geelong won their first premiership in 44 years, and did so again in 2009 and nearly winning in 2010 the year Paul was rewarded with an All Australian jumper. 2011 proved the winning streak was no fluke though and Geelong won again without Bomber Thompson or Ablett. Paul moved to Essendon at the end of 2013 a year that Geelong agin entered the finals. In 2014 Chappie became a popular figure at Essendon under senior coach Bomber Thompson and then in 2015 under James Hird.