2015 will be Tom’s 12th season at AFL level and 10th with Port Adelaide. Tom is a great team player which was best highlighted in 2011 when he won the Coaches Award as well as finishing third in the club’s Best and Fairest.
Tom played 10 games with Port Adelaide in 2013 after coming into the side in round 9. He finished off the year strongly when he was one of Port’s best players in their Elimination Final victory over Collingwood.
Tom was originally selected by Brisbane with pick 49 in the 2003 National Draft but had a frustrating couple of years with injury and only managed to play three games before being released by the Lions.
Tom was selected by Port Adelaide in the 2006 Rookie draft and played the last 8 games of the 2006 season to establish himself in the side.
Tom has shown glimpses of brilliance throughout his career, highlighted by his near best on ground performance in the 2007 preliminary final where he had 23 possessions and kicked 2 goals.
Tom only played 3 AFL games with Port Adelaide in 2014 but widely praised by everyone at Port Adelaide about the work he was doing with the younger players. Expect Tom to continue to help guide the young Port Adelaide group as they push for premiership glory in 2015.
Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?
A: I played for Waratah Football Club in Darwin in the NTFL and I played for Northern Territory in the national Championships. The highlight of my junior days was captaining the Northern Territory Under 18 team in the 2003 National Championships.
Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?
A: I always loved Andrew McLeod. I started playing footy around the time he won the two Norm Smith medals and the fact that he was from the Northern Territory meant he was always someone I watched really closely.
Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?
A: I was working so when the draft started my boss let me sit on one of the computers and listen to it on the internet.
Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?
A: Playing my 100th game for the Port Adelaide in round 21 of 2012.
Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?
A: Listening to music and watching NFL on TV. When I finish training I mostly just like to chill out so I usually come home and watch the NFL and listen to music.
Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?
A: When I finish my AFL career I want to become a fire fighter so I’d probably be doing that.