Jack was drafted to Melbourne with pick 14 of the 2007 National Draft. He had an outstanding Junior Career where he was Captain of the Northern Knights and Victoria Metropolitan in the Under 18’s.
Jack made his debut with Melbourne against Richmond in the last round of the 2008 season. Courageous, team-oriented and reliable, he plays his best football when winning one-on-ones and running off his opponent.
With 8 years experience and his body feeling better than ever, the former captain is primed for a big 2016.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played my early junior career with the Hurstbridge Football Club. I then played for the Northern Knights in the Under 15’s, 16’s, 18’s. I also played for Vic Metro in the Under 16’s and Under 18’s.
A couple of highlights were captaining the Northern Knights and Vic Metro in U16’s and U18’s and the other major one was playing in the Under 11’s Grand Final with my brothers Dylan and Aaron. It was the first Grand Final for the club and for me.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: David Schwartz. Back then I thought I’d be tall enough to play key position and he was a big tough strong powerful forward.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was at home with close family and friends. My family were very happy when Melbourne called my name out because we were all Melbourne supporters.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: My first game was a massive highlight. Running out on the MCG for the first time with the team I always barracked for. Being named captain of the club was a massive highlight too.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: I’m currently studying at Australian Catholic University doing exercise science. I also like playing golf and catching up with family and friends.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: I always wanted to be a physiotherapist so I think I’d be doing that.