Season in short:
The athletic key man was a livewire early, soaring for high marks, crashing packs and booting two bags of four goals in the first five weeks. Jones continued to create inside-50 contests and contribute goals throughout the season – working hard to improve his game. Against Geelong in round five, Jones displayed his scintillating best with four majors and six marks, including two brilliant contested grabs in front of goal. Overall, his 19-game season yielded 22 goals. Jones booted an impressive nine majors from two games with Williamstown late in the year and will look to consolidate his forward-line role in the off-season.
Stat that mattered:
Despite playing one less game than 2011, Jones bettered his previous best goal kicking tally (19), booting 22 majors in 2013. Across the season, Jones averaged more than one goal per game, while having a hand in a number of other scoring opportunities.
What they said:
“We’ve been confident for a long time about Liam coming along… externally people are now taking more notice but we have been seeing small steps for about 18 months.”
- Senior Coach Brendan McCartney after round five, 2013
Season 2012 confronted Liam Jones with a challenge to stamp his authority on the Bulldogs forward line. While the 21 year old at times struggled to fend off the opposition’s best defender, he still showed good signs. He averaged almost four marks per game at AFL level and almost six marks at VFL level. He also contributed to the scoreboard in the majority of his 12 senior games ranking equal sixth at the Club in goal kicking.
Season by Season
The tall forward blossomed in his second year in AFL ranks, playing 20 games and asserting himself in marking contests. He led the club in contested marks (43) and looks a ready-made replacement for the retiring Barry Hall in either of the key forward positions. Won the Tony Liberatore most improved player award as the club’s most promising player. Signed a contract extension in November.