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I thought he has always had a bit of talent. Brisbane bought Daniher in who has obviously gone in front of him and is the chop out ruck option for McInerney. Fullerton always was behind McStay and Hipwood too, but better ruck than them.

19 games 30 goals isn't a bad effort, probably not Jackson, but a better fit than Grundy potentially.

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Just read a report on Fox that Tom Fullarton from Brisbane has requested a trade to Melbourne.  A tall key forward/ruck, could he be the answer to what we've been looking for to replace Grundy?  What would we trade for him?  What do we know about him?  He's 24 but only played about 19 games at Brisbane.

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His best game from a statistical point of view was a 15 possession/5 mark/1 goal game in a loss to Hawthorn in round 20 2021.

His last AFL game was incidentally against us in that 2022 semi final. Probably played well too given their entire team played inspired footy against us in the second half.

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I'd still like to see us get another experienced back up ruck.

Feel like we may see Tom as a potential forward/ruck best 22 player and allow us to not use JVR in the ruck (much prefer for his career long term).

At least with him in we have some level of depth in the key forward stocks and may allow Petty to stay back.

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22 minutes ago, Demonland said:

Edit: only 1 highlight of Fullarton

 

Not too shabby..  he's relatively young and raw...  might be looking to starr coming into his potential. 

Shrewd get.

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4 minutes ago, Deebauched said:

Hes a Gold Coast born and bred basketball player. Sounds identical to Jacko.

He wont like our weather and will get homesick.

Pass.

Well, that seems a little bit inconsistent with him requesting a trade to us. 

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50 minutes ago, Deebauched said:

Hes a Gold Coast born and bred basketball player. Sounds identical to Jacko.

He wont like our weather and will get homesick.

Pass.

His partner is from VIC so it's a non-issue.

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18 minutes ago, Deebauched said:

Hes a Gold Coast born and bred basketball player. Sounds identical to Jacko.

He wont like our weather and will get homesick.

Pass.

Absolute rubbish as he has requested to come to Melb the city and team so that's quite smart he has done some homework.

I have seen him live at the Gabba ( go to about 7/8 games a season when not coming to Melb for about 6/7 Dees games at the G) and us quite a good mark and is not overwhelmed in competing in the ruck. 

Bring 24 and 200cm he could blossom like Maxy at 23 in 2015.  I reckon he has the skills and mobility to be a chance for a key position player forward or back also if we need one.

He has not had a lot of games and even in those only quarters or halves or some bench time. Good mark and better in air than Jacko was.

I am predicting he will be quite a surprise. Please don't compare him with the Shack he is farbmore competitive with out being a beast. 

 From memory a reliable kick for goal and has reasonably good mobility for a 200cm. unit. 

In summary very good pick up and adding McAdam and Tom while not considered stars if they are good to reasonable AFL will add two more styles to our forward line to utilise plus assist Maxy most importantly at times. 

Also those who want to discourage JVR from rucking are not thinking this thoroughly. It's all experience for him and he is so competitive he will end up getting ruck infringement frees plus he is not hopeless on the ground where so many other rucks are not very good. He will be going for second efforts like Jacko did and be a regular on the assist score figures.

He needs this opportunity to learn tuck craft at this stage of his career even if there is a chance he may be injured.  My take is that it will be the other player that is more likely to suffer than JVR solely due to his style of play and instincts in excess of the other players. 

It also will keep himself honest as he competes with defenders for marks plus at any time he may be switched on down back to assist our boys down there to mind someone doing some damage. 

Two trade recruits already who knows who else may Bob up or be traded before the closing date. 

 

 

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YES!! I have been posting about him being a good target in a number of threads.  He clearly has ability (as a forward and ruck) but given Brisbane's stocks in that area (Big O, Daniher, Hipwood etc) he's got limited opportunities.

24yo - mature body, 200cm - can mark and kick!

He is EXACTLY what we need IMO - more so than a key forward.  And shouldn't cost too much given his limited opportunities.

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2 hours ago, Yarra Valley Demon said:

19 games at AFL level for 6 goals

18 games at VFL level in 2023 for 30.22

Still for the right price a good pick up

Thanks for the VFL stats

Any idea how much rucking he did at VFL level?  If he played 2nd ruck 30.22 is a very good outcome

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