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2016 Most Professional Player

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Tom
Cutler

Height
191 cm
DOB
20-02-1995
Weight
95 kg
Debut
2014
Games
2017
12
Career
45
Goals
2017
8
Career
20
2017 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
916
Avg
76
TomCutler

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Greythorn FC
Clubs: Brisbane Lions
Debut: Rd 4 2014
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers
Brownlow Votes: 0

Introduction

Cutler is a 190cm  utility who has the capacity to play just about anywhere, but spent most of his junior years as a third tall defender. Known for his good game sense and intelligence, he generally makes smart decisions and is equipped with good skills by hand and foot.

 

Background

• Cutler was highly rated as an underage player, but ended up missing a large part of 2013 due to a nagging ankle injury

• He managed just one game for the Oakleigh Charges in the TAC Cup competition, and played two games for VIC Country at the 2013 National U18 Championships, where he averaged 13 disposals and four marks. 

• At the 2013 AFL Draft Combine, his athleticism was on display when he ranked 8th in the 20-metre sprint with a time of 2.93 seconds. 

• Despite missing most of 2013, Cutler remained a hot prospect among recruiters, with the Lions ultimately taking him with Pick No.33 at the 2013 AFL National Draft.

Season by Season

Season by Season

• After an impressive 2015, Tom Cutler entered 2016 in full force but faced injury setbacks with a dislocated shoulder in Round 5 against the Western Bulldogs.

• He returned in Round 10 against Hawthorn and was instrumental in helping snap the Season’s 12-game losing streak, kicking two goals in Round 18 against Essendon.

• Despite his setbacks, the 21-year-old averaged 18.5 disposals and career highs of 13 marks and 2 goals.

• The 190cm tall utility took home the Marcus Ashcroft award for Most Professional Player in 2016.

Season By Season

• Tom Cutler made big strides in his development in 2015, often being used for his run off half-back, as well as for his speed through the wing and midfield.

• He gathered a career-high 32 disposals against West Coast in Round 4, and had 28 touches against the Bulldogs late in the season.

Season by Season

• In his first year at the Lions Cutler played seven games, averaging 12 disposals, including a high of 21 against Richmond in round five. 

• The young defender was ranked number 1 among the rising starts in bounces per game in the 2014 season. 

• Cutler struggled with a groin injury early in the year before undergoing surgery on a minor knee injury in August, which saw him miss the remainder of the season. 

• Tom Cutler was deemed an important for the future of the club after quickly settling into the Brisbane lifestyle since moving from Melbourne. 

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2017 Season Average
    Games Played 12
    • Kicks 12.3
    • Handballs 6.9
    • Disposals 19.3
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 0.7
    • AFL Fantasy 76.3

2017 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 19 Gold Coast Suns Rd 1
Handballs 14 Port Adelaide Rd 6
Disposals 28 Essendon Rd 15
Marks 10 Fremantle Rd 12
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Essendon Rd 2
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 12
AFL Fantasy 112 Fremantle Rd 12

2017 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Gold Coast Suns W 96 - 98 19 5 24 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 74
2 Essendon L 84 - 111 13 7 20 3 0 2 0 4 0 0 80
3 St Kilda L 107 - 76 16 9 25 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 75
4 Richmond L 67 - 119 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
5 Western Bulldogs L 122 - 90 - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Port Adelaide L 67 - 150 14 14 28 7 0 1 0 1 1 0 102
7 Sydney Swans L 135 - 81 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 113 - 75 - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Adelaide Crows L 60 - 140 - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Collingwood L 129 - 84 14 6 20 6 0 0 0 1 1 0 82
12 Fremantle W 121 - 64 14 5 19 10 0 0 0 3 3 0 112
13 Port Adelaide L 121 - 81 10 4 14 6 0 1 3 1 0 0 52
14 GWS Giants L 86 - 146 14 6 20 7 0 0 0 2 1 1 90
15 Essendon W 82 - 90 15 13 28 9 0 0 1 1 1 1 106
16 Geelong Cats L 78 - 163 10 8 18 6 0 0 0 1 0 3 71
17 Richmond L 112 - 81 8 6 14 6 0 0 0 2 1 1 69
18 Carlton W 112 - 82 - - - - - - - - - - -
19 West Coast Eagles L 113 - 45 - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Western Bulldogs L 89 - 103 - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Gold Coast Suns W 142 - 84 - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Melbourne L 104 - 91 - - - - - - - - - - -
23 North Melbourne L 79 - 130 - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 5 - L: 17 148 83 231 66 0 5 5 16 8 6 916

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 45
    • Kicks 10.8
    • Handballs 6.3
    • Disposals 17.1
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 65.2

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 West Coast Eagles Rd 4, 2015
Handballs 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 23, 2015
Disposals 32 West Coast Eagles Rd 4, 2015
Marks 13 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016
Hit-outs 1 Hawthorn Rd 10, 2016
Tackles 5 Gold Coast Suns Rd 5, 2015
Goals 3 Fremantle Rd 12, 2017
AFL Fantasy 139 Fremantle Rd 12, 2016

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2017 Brisbane Lions 148 83 231 66 0 5 5 16 8 6 916
2016 Brisbane Lions 176 101 277 53 1 6 8 35 9 6 1072
2015 Brisbane Lions 106 73 179 38 0 1 4 14 1 2 631
2014 Brisbane Lions 55 27 82 24 0 0 4 6 2 0 315

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

• Cutler was highly rated as an underage player, but ended up missing a large part of 2013 due to a nagging ankle injury

• He managed just one game for the Oakleigh Charges in the TAC Cup competition, and played two games for VIC Country at the 2013 National U18 Championships, where he averaged 13 disposals and four marks. 

• At the 2013 AFL Draft Combine, his athleticism was on display when he ranked 8th in the 20-metre sprint with a time of 2.93 seconds. 

• Despite missing most of 2013, Cutler remained a hot prospect among recruiters, with the Lions ultimately taking him with Pick No.33 at the 2013 AFL National Draft.

Awards

Other Awards

VIC Metro U18 Representative
2013