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What has occurred in the Footscray Football Club in the past 20 weeks has been remarkable

8:53am  Aug 21, 2014

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Implementing to a stricter routine and adding extras at training have led to Tom Young’s improvement this season

4:00pm  Aug 7, 2014

Young maturing at kennel

The Footscray coaches named Tom Young as best on ground against Bendigo but it is his sustained run of form that has Hansen most pleased.

11:37am  Aug 6, 2014

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Tom
Young

Height
192 cm
DOB
26-04-1992
Weight
90 kg
Debut
2011
Games
2014
3
Career
27
Goals
2014
1
Career
5
2014 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
133
Avg
44
TomYoung

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: Wollondilly
Clubs: Western Bulldogs, Collingwood
Debut: Round 22 2011 v Brisbane
Recruited from: Sydney University (NSW)
Brownlow Votes: -

 

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Young is a mid-sized defender with clean hands and a willingness to take the game on. Predominantly playing a lock down role in the back six as a third tall, the 21-year-old is also capable of providing run and rebound. Signed by Collingwood as a NSW Scholarship rookie at 17, he went on to win the best and fairest award with Collingwood’s VFL team in his first season before being traded to the Bulldogs at the end of 2012.

 

Season By Season

Season in short:

The Collingwood recruit recorded an impressive debut with the Bulldogs in 2013. Just 20-years-old at the start of the season, Young played 15 matches as a lock-down defender. The backman finished third at the Bulldogs for average rebound-50s per game and equal fifth for one-percenters. With 16 disposals and four marks per game, Young showed some flexibility as a medium defender, finding plenty of the ball, as well as shutting down big or small opponents.

Stat that mattered:

The 21-year-old showed a real aptitude both playing a lock down role as well as rebounding from defence in 2013. This was reflected against Richmond in round three, where he gathered a career best nine rebound 50s.

What they said:

“We see him as a long-term prospect after he showed really promising signs at Collingwood over the past couple of seasons, particularly with his willingness to take the game on and his cleanness around the contest.”

- List Manager Jason McCartney after signing Tom Young during trade week

Young was traded to the Bulldogs for pick 71 at the conclusion of the 2012 AFL Premiership Season.

Season By Season

Enjoyed another consistent season, playing 16 games in the VFL before he was finally rewarded with a senior call up in round 22 against the Brisbane Lions. Made a huge impression, winning 23 possessions and kicking two goals from the half back flank. Was used as the substitute in round 23 against Fremantle in Perth and was omitted the next week. Moves gracefully and never panics when in possession. Looks to be a long term prospect Pies fans can bank on. Also became the first noted redhead to play for Collingwood since Jason Wild (1995-1999), and took over Josh Fraser's No. 25 guernsey.

Moved to Melbourne and played for Collingwood’s VFL team as a 17-year-old. Wearing the No 49, Young had a superb season, playing all 19 matches, mostly at half back with occasional turns in the centre square. In a team full of stars such as Tarkyn Lockyer, Shane O’Bree and Josh Fraser, Young won the Joseph Wren Trophy as Best and Fairest player in Collingwood’s VFL team. In November, Young was officially promoted to the senior list with pick 104 in the National Draft.

Represented the Western Sydney Pioneers in the U18 state zone trials. Selected in the NSW-ACT U18s squad as a 16-year-old. Played senior football for Sydney University in the premier division of the Sydney AFL League.

Played for Campbelltown in the Sydney AFL League.

Signed to Collingwood as a NSW Scholarship rookie as a 15-year-old. Originally from Bowral, Young was signed while playing for the Campbelltown Blues and had previously played for Wollondilly. Initially a part of the Magpies Academy U14 squad.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2014 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 6.3
    • Handballs 5.7
    • Disposals 12.0
    • Marks 3.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.0
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 44.3

2014 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 8 GWS Giants Rd 4
Handballs 7 GWS Giants Rd 4
Disposals 15 GWS Giants Rd 4
Marks 5 GWS Giants Rd 4
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 2 Adelaide Crows Rd 6
Goals 1 GWS Giants Rd 4
AFL Fantasy 59 GWS Giants Rd 4

2014 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 West Coast Eagles L 134 - 69 - - - - - - - - - - -
2 North Melbourne L 54 - 83 - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Richmond W 100 - 98 - - - - - - - - - - -
4 GWS Giants W 83 - 110 8 7 15 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 59
5 Carlton L 91 - 119 4 5 9 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 32
6 Adelaide Crows L 83 - 92 7 5 12 3 0 0 2 2 0 0 42
7 Essendon L 73 - 65 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Melbourne W 83 - 99 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Gold Coast Suns L 119 - 74 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Fremantle L 51 - 89 - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Brisbane Lions L 87 - 95 - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Collingwood W 98 - 106 - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Port Adelaide L 128 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Melbourne W 91 - 85 - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Geelong Cats L 69 - 56 - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns W 94 - 66 - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Essendon L 94 - 101 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Hawthorn L 107 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 St Kilda W 99 - 122 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 North Melbourne L 111 - 61 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
23 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 13 19 17 36 11 0 0 3 3 1 0 133

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 27
    • Kicks 8.1
    • Handballs 6.1
    • Disposals 14.3
    • Marks 3.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.9
    • Goals 0.2
    • AFL Fantasy 54.7

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 15 Carlton Rd 20, 2013
Handballs 12 GWS Giants Rd 18, 2012
Disposals 25 GWS Giants Rd 18, 2012
Marks 7 Brisbane Lions Rd 1, 2013
Hit-outs 1 Port Adelaide Rd 4, 2012
Tackles 7 Port Adelaide Rd 4, 2012
Goals 2 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2011
AFL Fantasy 88 Brisbane Lions Rd 22, 2011

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2014 Western Bulldogs 19 17 36 11 0 0 3 3 1 0 133
2013 Western Bulldogs 155 92 247 61 0 10 12 31 2 2 944
2012 Collingwood 31 42 73 19 1 1 1 15 0 1 294
2011 Collingwood 15 14 29 5 0 1 1 2 2 1 107

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