Scully playing for Greater Western Sydney in 2012
|Full name||Thomas Scully|
|Date of birth||15 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Berwick, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Dandenong Stingrays|
|Draft||1st overall, 2009 National Draft (Melbourne)|
|Height / weight||181 cm / 78 kg|
|Current club||Greater Western Sydney|
|2012–||Greater Western Sydney||105 (56)|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Thomas "Tom" Scully (born 15 May 1991) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League (AFL). He previously played for the Melbourne Football Club. 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 two-year contract with Melbourne, he accepted the opportunity to join the newly established GWS Giants in 2012 on a six year deal. At the commencement of the 2013 season Scully was named as vice captain for the Giants.
He attended school first at Berwick College and then Haileybury College.
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. Scully played his TAC Cup football for the Dandenong Stingrays, and school football for Haileybury College. He captained Victorian Metropolitan region in the 2009 AFL Under 18 Championships and was named in the Under 18 All Australian team in 2008 and 2009.
Melbourne Football Club
Throughout 2009, Scully was touted as a potential and likely number one draft pick for the AFL Draft. 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.
Playing career at Melbourne
Scully made his AFL debut in Round 1, 2010, alongside No. 2 pick Jack Trengove. 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. Scully finished the season by coming second in the AFL Rising Star, behind Sydney's Dan Hannebery. He won the Harold Ball Memorial Trophy, for being Melbourne's Best First Year Player, and finished eighth in the Best and Fairest.
Greater Western Sydney Football Club
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.
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. Scully has stated publicly that he had no knowledge of the offer to his father prior to signing his own deal. Phil Scully had previously served in a similar role with the Sydney Swans.
Playing career at Greater Western Sydney
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.
After signing a four-year extension with the club midway through the 2016 season, Scully helped the new franchise finish fourth on the ladder and reach its first finals series in its short history.
- Statistics are correct to end of round 7, 2015
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
|2012||Greater Western Sydney||9||19||4||4||177||209||386||51||85||0.2||0.2||9.3||11.0||20.3||2.7||4.5|
|2013||Greater Western Sydney||9||21||11||6||198||180||378||92||84||0.5||0.3||9.4||8.6||18.0||4.4||4.0|
|2014||Greater Western Sydney||9||15||5||5||139||158||297||49||68||0.3||0.3||9.3||10.5||19.8||3.3||4.5|
|2015||Greater Western Sydney||9||7||5||3||80||71||151||38||25||0.7||0.4||11.4||10.1||21.6||5.4||3.6|
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