GWS GIANTS centurion Tom Scully may be a No.1 draft pick but he never thought he was overloaded with talent.
It’s a strange thing to hear from a player whose abilities have been heavily courted and it has driven his legendary work rate on match-day and the training track.
Talk to anybody around Tom Wills Oval and they will tell you what a force Scully has been for the professional standards of the club and where it sits now as premiership favourites.
This afternoon’s match against Port Adelaide in Canberra will see him become just the third Giant to play 100 games in the charcoal and orange.
“Working hard is always something I’ve done,” Scully said.
“I think it’s just been ingrained in me as a player. Everybody at AFL level has some degree of talent but I’ve never seen myself as someone who can get through purely on talent. I’ve always had to work hard.”
Like all the very best players he has a competitive drive not seen in your average citizen, it’s this force which pushes the output.
“I look at the work rate as an advantage I can gain over players who may be more talented than me,” Scully said.
“I know my hard work and ambition to be a good player holds me in good stead. It’s just something that I pride myself on, it’s about trying to be the best team mate I can.”
Scully will become just the third Giant to chalk up the 100 game milestone for the club after Callan Ward and Toby Greene. Jeremy Cameron, Devon Smith, Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio and Phil Davis could also achieve the mark this year.
Clever list management is seeing this group all peaking in their careers at the same time which is driving their success. Heath Shaw, Cameron and Greene are the only All-Australians so far but Scully and a number of his teammates look set to join them in the coming years.
“There have been a number of guys who enjoyed their most consistent seasons last year and it’s transferred to us having our best season,” Scully said.
“I had my most consistent year by far. My body was able to play every game for the first time in my career. I felt very comfortable in my role and the guys around me were playing very well, we have cohesion now.”
Both Port and GWS sit at 2-1 heading into Saturday’s match in Canberra, which Scully believes will be decided by who wins the disputed ball.
“Over the last few weeks one of Port’s great strengths has been contested footy,” Scully said.
“We’ve identified that and if we don’t turn up with the right attitude to win the contested footy we will be in for a tough day. There is no greater challenge than taking on an in form team like Port.”
Originally published as Talent only gets you so far: Scully
SOURCE: newsnow sport