Senior Darcy Fort (2021-)

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Sep 14, 2006
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General info:
  • RUCK
  • 28 yrs old
  • 204cm
  • 103kg

THE RUCK merry-go-round has finally started to spin with Brisbane securing Geelong's Darcy Fort just an hour out from the deadline of the Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.

The Lions gave the Cats pick 50 and a future third-round selection in exchange for Fort and pick No.41.

Following the retirement of Archie Smith, the Lions have scoured the competition for options to support main man Oscar McInerney in the ruck and have landed on the 28-year-old.

Fort, who stands 204cm, has played eight games in three seasons for Geelong, but none in 2021.

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"Darcy has been one of the more dominant ruckmen in the VFL," [Dom Ambrogio] said.

"He has been unlucky with his timing in terms of getting senior opportunities, but when he has played at AFL level he's been very effective, including his performance against the Brisbane Lions in 2020.

"We think he is a legitimate ruckman, but we are also confident he can help us out up forward and add flexibility to our squad.

"He's a strong mark and has shown he can go forward and kick a goal.

"So we think we're getting a good player but also a player of great character who will make a contribution to the culture of our footy club."


STRENGTHS:
Agility, mobility, height, follow-up work, athleticism
IMPROVEMENTS: Strength, speed
SUMMARY: Darcy Fort one of the best ruckman running around in the state leagues. Having spent the past couple of years developing his craft in the SANFL as the number one ruckman at Central Districts, Fort’s agility and mobility has stood out, especially for such a big guy (205cm). Given the way the game is headed, Fort’s ability to take a contested grab up forward is a key asset. When up against Port Adelaide listed big men Peter Ladhams and Billy Frampton during the season, Fort simply dominated, collecting 18 disposals, five marks, four tackles, 36 hitouts and a goal to really grab the attention of recruiters. Regarded as one of the best ruck prospects during his top-age year, Darcy’s athleticism and follow-up work around the stoppages is also worth noting. Clubs will be hoping to harness his athleticism, whilst looking to improve his overall strength. Question marks remain over his speed likely restricting him from playing a permanent role up forward, so therefore being a pure ruck.

 

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