Junior Clubs: Berwick Junior FC/Narre Warren
Recruited From: Narre Warren/Haileybury College/Dandenong U18/Melbourne
Brownlow Votes: 18
Community Ambassador: Blacktown JAFC & Belconnen Magpies JAFC
Tom Scully is a left-footed midfielder from Berwick in Victoria. He was drafted to the Melbourne Demons at pick one in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft and made his debut in round one the following year. Scully joined the GIANTS as an uncontracted player at the end of 2011. He was named vice-captain of the GIANTS at the beginning of 2013. Scully was awarded the Coaches Award at the 2013 Kevin Sheedy Medal.
The much-improved runner played every game last year for the first time in his career, finished runner-up in the club champion and was named in the 40-man All Australian squad. Scully's most consistent season saw him rack up 590 disposals at an average of 24.6 per game, kick 23 goals from the wing and rank fourth at the GIANTS for metres gained, all career-best efforts. The 25-year-old's blistering speed and extraordinary tank make him virtually impossible to stop and his burst and run and carry on the spread is just about the best in the game.
When the GIANTS won seven of their first 10 games last season, Scully's run and carry was at its best and the former Demon was playing the best football of his career. Despite a shoulder injury ending his season early, his willingness to put the team first was a highlight in his 17 games. The fitness fanatic averaged just over 20 possessions a game and spent most of the season on the wing where his ability to run all day will make him a force again in 2016.
Used in a run-with role for much of last season, Scully had players such as Gary Ablett, Brad Ebert and Rory Sloane for company at various stages. He still won his own ball, averaging 20 possessions in his 15 matches, adding 4.5 tackles and three marks a game before injuries curtailed his season. A hamstring issue between rounds 14-15 was followed by a knee injury three weeks later that ended his campaign early. The vice-captain is on track to be fit and firing to start his sixth season and fourth as a GIANT.
The Giants vice-captain took another noticeable step forward in his development in an encouraging 2013 campaign that ended with a well-deserved third place in the Kevin Sheedy Medal. Missing just one game due to a concussion, Scully averaged 18 disposals and four tackles a game and showed strong leadership filling a variety of roles.
Scully entered 2012 under immense pressure after the former No.1 draft pick's move from Melbourne. But he handled it well, making 19 appearances for the season and finishing fourth in the Giants' best and fairest award, showing a previous knee injury was behind him. He averaged over 20 disposals for the season, led by a 30-possession effort against West Coast in round three. Scully also benefited from some run-with roles and is set for a long career in western Sydney.
The number one pick in the 2009 NAB AFL Draft, Scully is the highest profile uncontracted player to join GWS. The highly skilled young midfielder played 31 games with Melbourne before moving to Sydney and will be a key part of the club's future.
2009 NAB AFL Draft priority selection (Melbourne) No.1 overall; 2011 uncontracted player selection (GWS GIANTS)
Melbourne (2010-11: 31 games, 6 goals)
NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2009
All Australian nominee 2016
Club Vice-Captain 2014, 2015
GIANTS Coaches Award 2013
Kevin Sheedy Medal 2nd place 2016
Kevin Sheedy Medal 3rd place 2013