Tom Scully

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Tom Scully
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Personal information
Full name Thomas Scully
Date of birth (1991-05-15) 15 May 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Berwick, Victoria
Original team Dandenong Stingrays
Draft 1st overall, 2009 National Draft (Melbourne)
Height/Weight 181 cm / 78 kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Greater Western Sydney
Number 9
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
Greater Western Sydney
31 0(6)
55 (20)
86 (26)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 23, 2014 season.
Career highlights

Thomas "Tom" Scully (born 15 May 1991) is an Australian rules footballer, who plays for the GWS Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for Melbourne.

A star midfielder at junior level, Scully was originally selected by Melbourne with the first overall draft pick of the 2009 AFL Draft. However at the conclusion of his initial 2-year contract with Melbourne he accepted the opportunity to join the newly established GWS Giants in 2012 on a 6-year deal.[1] At the commencement of the 2013 season Scully was named as vice captain for the Giants.

Junior career[edit]

Originally from Berwick, Scully was first noticed by Dandenong region manager Darren Flanigan when he was 13. Flanigan asserted that Scully was the best talent he had seen come through the Dandenong program in nine years.[2] Scully played his TAC Cup football for the Dandenong Stingrays, and school football for Haileybury College.[3] He captained Victorian Metropolitan region in the 2009 AFL National Under 18 Championships[4] and was named in the Under-18 All Australian team in 2008 and 2009.

Melbourne Football Club[edit]


Throughout 2009, Scully was touted as a potential and likely number one draft pick for the AFL Draft.[2] In the draft, the Melbourne Football Club had both the No. 1 and 2 picks available to it, and used the No. 1 pick (a priority draft pick) to recruit Scully. Scully was presented with the number 31 jersey made famous by club and league legend Ron Barassi.[5]

Playing career at Melbourne[edit]

Scully made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2010, alongside No. 2 pick Jack Trengove.[6] His breakout individual performance of the season came in Round 4 against Richmond, with 26 disposals for the match including 11 in the third quarter, and he received an AFL Rising Star nomination (and three Brownlow votes) for his Round 7 performance.[7] Scully finished the season by coming second in the AFL Rising Star, behind Sydney's Daniel Hannebery. He won the Harold Ball Memorial Trophy, for being Melbourne's Best First Year Player, and finished eighth in the Best and Fairest.[8]

Greater Western Sydney Football Club[edit]


There was intense speculation throughout the 2011 AFL season that Scully would move to expansion club Greater Western Sydney at the end of the season. Scully's initial two-year contract with Melbourne would end after the 2011 season, allowing the expansion club to sign Scully without need for a trade. It was announced on 12 September 2011 that he would be moving to the play for the Giants on a six-year contract valued at an estimated total value of $6 million.[9]

There was controversy surrounding the signing when it was discovered that Scully's father, Phil Scully, had also been offered a job as a recruiting scout at the Giants, with a six-year term of employment coinciding with the period of Scully's playing contract. The AFL ruled that the appointment was legal, but that it was considered as part of the total agreement used to convince Scully to sign with the Giants; as a result, Phil Scully's wages ($680,000 over six years) will be included inside Greater Western Sydney's salary cap.[10] Scully has stated publicly that he had no knowledge of the offer to his father prior to signing his own deal.[11] Phil Scully had previously served in a similar role with the Sydney Swans.

Playing career at Greater Western Sydney[edit]

Scully played 19 games in his first season with the Giants where he averaged 20.3 disposals while playing a shut down role on some of the AFL’s biggest names. One of Scully’s most impressive performances came against West Coast in Round 3 with 30 disposals and three marks. Scully finished his first season at the club in fourth place in the Kevin Sheedy Medal.


  1. ^ Tom Scully Confirms Move To GWS
  2. ^ a b Clark, Jay (12 April 2009), Tom Scully plays by his own rules,, Retrieved 21 April 2010
  3. ^ Quayle, Emma (26 November 2009). "First round predictions". (The Age). Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  4. ^ Walsh, Courtney (27 November 2009). "Tom Scully's selection at no 1 in the AFL draft was no surprise to pundits". The Australian (News Corp). Retrieved 27 November 2009. 
  5. ^ Unsigned (15 December 2009), No. 31 and No. 9 - Scully and Trengove,, Retrieved 21 April 2010
  6. ^ Burgan, Matt (25 March 2010), Scully, Trengove to debut against Hawks,, Retrieved 8 April 2010
  7. ^ Burgan, Matt. "MFC Brownlow Medal totals". Melbourne FC. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Clark, Jay (3 September 2010). "Brad Green wins Keith "Bluey" Truscott gong". Herald Sun. Retrieved 3 September 2010. 
  9. ^ Sheahan, Mike; Bradshaw, Finn (12 September 2011). "Tom Scully signs with GWS". Herald Sun. Retrieved 12 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Warner, Michael (15 November 2011). "Tom Scully's father offered 680k job in November 2010". Herald Sun. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Clark, Jay (24 Nov 2011), "I didn't know about Dad's offer: Scully", Herald Sun (Melbourne, VIC), retrieved 26 Nov 2011 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jack Watts
Number one overall pick in AFL draft
Succeeded by
David Swallow
Preceded by
Ricky Ferraro, Paul Rogasch
Dandenong Stingrays Captain
with Ryan Bastinac

Succeeded by
Mitch Hallahan, Luke Parker