Tom Scully (Dandenong Stingrays/Vic Metro) – Draft Profile

Height: 182cm

Weight: 77kg

Preferred Foot: Left/Dual Sided

Position: Midfield/HFF/ Wing

Potential: 8.5-9/10

Style like: Ben Cousins?

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> HUGE work-rate and running capacity –runs both ways with terrific intensity- gets to a helluva lot of contests and always gives multiple efforts

> Quick and instinctive footy brain – consistently gets first hands/reads stoppages like a book, can create space and time, has excellent vision in traffic – very sharp reflexes, consistently makes good, quick decisions with the ball and adept at stripping an opponent of or intercepting the footy

> Clean and lightning quick (blink and miss) by hand – capable of very good power, excellent accuracy and hurt factor – releases runners very quickly and highly effectively

> Genuine ball magnet that averaged 25.8dpg at the 2009 U18 Championships (2nd most) and 26.1dpg in the 2009 TAC Cup – often whilst receiving close checking attention from opposition players

> Extremely clean ball handling below the knees – rarely fumbles

> Has excellent all-round athleticism – very good pace off the mark (although only OK over distance) along with an very good-excellent evasiveness – uses both very effectively to burst away from traffic, create and open up space for himself –oustanding overall running capacity

> Dual sided kick with decent-good accuracy/weighting over 50m – technically good, his passes are typically low trajectory and quick through the air – I thought he was a more damaging and reliable kick last year, but it should be noted most of his kicks this year would’ve been under much greater pressure than last year

> Strong, effective, high impact tackler and will only get better with more size and strength (was grounding much bigger opponents in 2008)

> Seen as having excellent leadership potential – captain for both Vic Metro and Dandenong Stingrays in 2009

> Outstanding U18 credentials


No notable concerns


> If there’s one aspect he could add to his game that would make him an even better prospect, it would be to increase his goal kicking rate – averaged 0.6gpg in the 2009 U18 championships and 0.2gpg in the 2009 TAC Cup

> Surprisingly strong overhead considering his low 180cm size and reach disadvantage he takes some good grabs and is rarely outmarked

> Was given close attention at this year’s championships by several opponents and proved to a very good level he is capable of handling and overcoming it

> Skinny at present, but expect him to develop a powerful AFL build with 2-3 pre-season under the belt,

> Midfield is his best position, but he should be able to play off a wing/HFF/FP if required

> Excellent character reports – highly committed to becoming the best footballer he can, doesn’t drink alcohol and very conscientious and diligent with preparation

> Definitely AFL Ready 2010 – may not have the build like a few other draftees, but ability and fitness/work-rate-wise he’s more than ready – could certainly play a game through the midfield, but is likely to be eased in and perhaps start on a HFF with more midfield time as he progresses.

> Played in 2 U18 championships (2008 and 2009) – played all games (5 each year) both years - 2008 AA U18 I/C and 2009 – VM captain, AA U18 Rover and VM U18 MVP

> 2009 TAC Cup TOTY RR

> 2007 VM U16 captain and (joint) Kevin Sheehan medallist (U16 B&F)

> AIS-AFL squad member


2007-2009 TAC Cup Stats

2009 U18 Championships Stats


Scully is close to the complete midfield package and one of the most safe-bet prospects you could see at U18 level. He is a potential top 20 player in the competition when he mature and a definite top 2 prospect.

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