A number one draft pick who is still awaiting his break-out year and plays in the midfield – now that’s an exciting proposition, particularly in the draft style of football where bargains have to be found.
Consistent since his debut season, Scully was thrown into a change of positional role in 2010 and a change of team in 2011. Thus, these factors stalled his progression.
His average disposals (20), tackles (5), marks (3) and clearances (3) all experienced a plateau, some even dropped. In a plus though, disposal efficiency (71%), average inside 50s (2.8) and average time on ground (89%) were all career highs. Taking into consideration the retirement of James McDonald, hopefully Scully can take his spot at the centre bounces and get in and under more.
His development can be compared to fellow classy midfielder Rory Sloane (right), who showed plenty in his 3rd season and finally became a top-line player in his fourth.
In 2012 Scully only passed triple figures once, 101 in round nine. Such is the consistent nature of his game, he did manage nine scores between 80-99.
For SuperCoach – he’s probably too expensive for the regular game barring an outstanding NAB Cup. However, for the draft style SuperCoach game – he’s the perfect player to finish your midfield as he’ll be ignored by many and still be available very late in the draft.
Consistency isn’t the issue. It’s whether or not he can take it to the next level that will be the deciding factor.