In mid-2018 Tom Fullarton made a huge gamble. He was a professional basketballer for the Brisbane Bullets but decided his heart still lay with footy. The Lions decided to take a punt on the former Hyundai Help for Kids Academy player as a Category B Rookie. The decision has paid dividends with Fullarton’s game only going from strength to strength over the past 18 months.

In 2019 he played all NEAFL games and booted 20 goals.

“It’s been really enjoyable to play every game,” he told

“I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’m been pretty happy with some of the games I’ve played,” he said.

“It’s put me in good stead to have a good pre-season going into next year.”

Fullarton has been an integral part in the NEAFL side’s incredible success in 2019. The group went the entire season undefeated, creating history while at it.

“Winning is the best part of footy,” he said.

His game since he first arrived has improved dramatically, with the tall, agile forward looking more and more comfortable on the field each match.

“I’ve just been trying to get better at everything I can,” he said.

“I’ve been working really hard in the gym…and also just learning from all of the other players.

“We’ve got a great core group of older guys here so I’ve just been trying to pick their brains.”

The NEAFL side will play their preliminary final next Sunday afternoon at South Pine Sports Complex, Brendale.