Player Watch #11 Tom Papley

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Kennedy Parker

Jul 9, 2015
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sydney Sixers, Gold City Royals

Tom Papley

Player Profile

Tom Papley swapped his plumbing tools for a Sherrin when the Sydney Swans sprung a draft surprise in 2015 – and the pocket-rocket forward has since become a crucial member of coach John Longmire’s side. Papley has played 20 or more senior games in every one of his four full seasons in the AFL and was at his best in 2019, topping Sydney’s goal-kicking leaderboard and finishing fourth in the Bob Skilton Medal voting. The Gippsland Power product took on more time in the midfield in 2019 and is likely to again split his time between the forward line and centre bounce this year. Papley was selected in the AFL Players’ Association’s 22Under22 team in 2017. Draft history: 2016 Rookie Draft selection (Sydney) No. 12; 2016 AFL Draft rookie elevation (Sydney).

Tom Papley
DOB: 13 July 1996
DRAFT: 2016
RECRUITED FROM: Bunyip (Vic)/Gippsland U18



Oct 9, 2001
Spitting Bars
AFL Club
I wonder if that's for all.

First to fourth-year players will return to training on Monday December 7 for a two-week block of training, while all other players will resume training on Wednesday January 6, 2021.
Appears that he misses no training and will return with the senior players who are in their 5th plus season

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Brownlow Medallist
Mar 10, 2007
Ensconced in velvet
AFL Club
Other Teams
Lakers, West Ham
Seriously admire how professional this man is. He’s a larrikin at times but he seems loyal and even though he couldn't get to Melbourne as he wanted at the time he still never looked like screwing the club or making things difficult for us.

Obviously has a really good relationship with his teammates, too.

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Hall of Famer
Nov 20, 2007
AFL Club
Premiering at 7:30pm tonight, Tom Papley joins Dyl for this week's episode of Dyl and Friends, and exclusively details his reasons behind his trade request to Carlton in 2019, and why he loves the Swans so much in extending his contract.

Its very surprising that we held firm on him considering the circumstances as we are a very player welfare first club.

Kiama Chris

Club Legend
May 10, 2016
AFL Club
Its very surprising that we held firm on him considering the circumstances as we are a very player welfare first club.
I think we are. I'll bet we moved heaven and earth to make things easier for Tom without letting him go. I think he's very grateful. Things have picked up in the family and in his life in general. With Aliir gone he'll need a new drinking buddy but that's how it goes.

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Brownlow Medallist
Jun 19, 2011
AFL Club
Other Teams
Papley's third quarter solidified the game for us. Didn't do much in the first half but he was electric after half-time and it was a big reason we stretched away.

And the less our forward line centres on him, the better we'll be. Letting him be the cherry on top is perfect.


Team Captain
May 25, 2016
AFL Club
Dare I say it. Gulden will be better.
This week will be interesting. The game against Brisbane suited Gulden perfectly. He had no one on him for most of the game, and the fact the brisbane defenders sagged back suited his lead into space for the short kick. He also had Ah Chee who was terrible.

The Crows will be paying him more respect, will have a close tag on him to stop the short lead. Having said that he is a remarkable talent and may dominate anyway.

I also predict the next week Richmond will play dirty.

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