Player Watch #30 Tom McCartin - at 21, playing 50 games of AFL football

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Tom McCartin

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In an indication of Tom McCartin’s rapid rise, the young Sydney Swans forward had played 34 AFL games by the end of his teenage years – and that was despite being the youngest player in the league in his debut 2018 season. The Geelong Falcons product has a brilliant marking ability and presents a tall target inside 50, although coach John Longmire has also used him as a key defender. McCartin is the younger brother of number one 2014 AFL Draft pick Paddy, who played 35 AFL games with St Kilda.

Tom McCartin

DOB: 30 December 1999
DRAFT: 2017
RECRUITED FROM: St Joseph's (Vic)/St Joseph's, Geel (Vic)/Geel Gram (Vic)/Geel U18

 
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S120

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He's turned things around the last 3 weeks. He got a touch-up from Charlie Dixon and since then has been sensational. Flying for marks without fear and playing a much more physical style in one-on-one contests. Confidence through the roof right now.

Does make me laugh when commentators say he's been playing like this the whole year when that's plainly false to anyone who has watched his whole year - not shittalking him, he's a 21 yo key defender in his first full year playing the role, he should be inconsistent. Just another fun indication of just how little commentators have actually taken notice of us between our first month and the last 3 weeks when we've been flavour of that particular month.
 

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Tom had a career high 13.5 disposals, 5 marks, 6.4 spoils, 2.5 intercept marks and 5.2 contested possessions on average across his 22 matches this season.
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Most important player on our list imo, outside of Tom we have little/no KPD depth (unless Reid/Paddy etc show something).
 

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