Date of Birth: 22/08/1995
Club: Western Bulldogs FC
Games (Goals): 61 (50)
Recruited From: 2013 NAB AFL Draft, Pick 1 from Eastern Ranges (TAC Cup)
AIS/AFL Academy 2012 & 13
U/18 All Australian 2013
AFL Premiership 2016
Tom Boyd is a man mountain who has taken the expectations of being the Number 1 Draft Pick in his stride. After a dominate start for Vic Metro in the NAB Under 18’s National Championship in 2013, Tom’s campaign was tragically cut short when he landed awkwardly in a marking contest against Western Australia, badly injuring his ankle. Even though he then missed the rest of the Championships, Tom was earmarked as the number 1 pick for later in the year. Before the Draft, Tom made one more appearance for the Eastern Ranges in the TAC Cup Grand Final where they blew away the Dandenong Stingrays away by over 100 points. Tom appeared like he hadn’t missed a beat after his long layoff kicking 4 goals.
After enjoying a solid debut season for the GWS Giants, Tom was made a tantalising 7 year offer to join the Western Bulldogs for the 2015 season. Whilst knowing much expectation comes with an offer of that magnitude, Tom was keen to return to Victoria to surround himself with family and friends.
Tom provided a fantastic key target up forward for the Bulldogs in 2015 which no doubt helped them reach the AFL Finals for the first time in a few years, an achievement many critics thought was still a few years off given the age profile of their list. In 2016, the Bulldogs picked up where they left off the previous year taking a lot of momentum into the early parts of the season. Whilst Tom's form at the start of the season was consistent, a shoulder injury hampered the middle period of the year. However after getting his shoulder right to play, Tom finished the season off strongly before taking the finals series by storm, with an outstanding Preliminary Final against his old team, GWS, before a near best on ground performance in the drought breaking Premiership win against the Swans.
Unfortunately his 2017 didn't quite go as planned. After starting the year strongly Tom was diagnosed with Depression leading to him requiring a few weeks off before finishing the season off in the VFL teams Finals Campaign. After a much needed freshen up, Tom attacked the 2018 preseason and whilst injury delayed his start to the year, Tom found good form before injury got the best of him late in the season resulting in him missing the last month of football.