The Box Hill Hawks are pleased to announce that premiership player, Tom Maloney, has recommitted to the club for the 2019 VFL season.
Maloney’s journey to premiership glory began in a different league entirely, enjoying a year of growth at Development level in 2017; where the small forward played all seventeen matches, to take out what would be the final best and fairest in the competition’s history.
Following, it didn’t take long for Maloney to make his debut in the senior side, receiving the call up as 23rd man for the Hawks’ Round One clash with Williamstown.
The then 19-year-old grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Racking up 23 disposals, seven inside fifties and four clearances on debut, Maloney made his presence known; demonstrating he was more than capable at senior VFL level.
Through hard work and selflessness, Maloney pieced together a solid 2018 campaign, which made it impossible for the coaching panel to overlook the former Sandringham Dragon, when grand final team selection did roll around.
And while senior coach, Max Bailey, agrees that Maloney has displayed that he has what it takes, testing times still remain ahead.
“He knows the VFL system and has a good understanding of what he brings to the side – contested ball winning ability, clean hands, and a calm presence.”
“His challenge now, like many of the younger players, is to bring his strengths out consistently.”
With one premiership already under his belt, Maloney will be eager for continued success when he dons the brown and gold once more in 2019.