Tom Bell (Australian footballer)
|Full name||Thomas Bell|
|Date of birth||13 June 1991|
|Place of birth||Brisbane, Queensland|
|Original team(s)||Morningside (NEAFL)|
|Draft||No. 14, 2012 AFL rookie draft|
|Height / weight||187 cm / 98 kg|
|Position(s)||Forward / Midfielder|
|Current club||Brisbane Lions|
|2016–||Brisbane Lions||20 (19)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Born and raised in Brisbane, Bell played soccer as a youth before being introduced to Australian rules football at age 12. He attended Iona College in Brisbane throughout his schooling and graduated with future AFL players Tom Hickey and Josh Thomas in 2008. He joined the NEAFL's Morningside Australian Football Club in 2010, and was a regular senior player by 2011; in that season, he played twenty games for the club, and made his name as a wing/halfback player.
While playing in the NEAFL, Bell was selected in the Queensland Under-21 team, and also played a handful of games for the Brisbane Lions reserves. Outside of football, he undertook an apprenticeship as a refrigeration mechanic.
Following the 2011 season, and at the age of 20, Bell was recruited to the AFL as a rookie by the Carlton Football Club with its first round selection in the 2012 Rookie Draft (pick No. 14 overall). He played most of his first season for Carlton's VFL-affiliate, the Northern Blues, and he made his senior debut for Carlton in Round 17. Bell played the last seven AFL matches of the season, and won Carlton's Best First-Year Player award for 2012.
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