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Rookie: Tom Wilkinson

Thomas Wilkinson
Drafted from: Southport
Height: 181cm
Weight: 82kg
DOB: 7/3/1996
Position: Forward

Having been overlooked in four consecutive drafts, Tom Wilkinson has been given an AFL lifeline by North Melbourne, which selected the forward with pick 41 in the 2018 Rookie Draft.

Initially overlooked due to his disposal efficiency, Wilkinson has turned that aspect of his game around this past season, kicking 36 goals from just over 65 per cent accuracy. 

His 2018 performances were so impressive, he made the NEAFL Team of the Year as his team, Southport, won the premiership.

Wilkinson rated elite amongst the NEAFL competition for goals (36), accuracy (65.5%), forward-50 tackles (1.5), marks (1.6), score assists (1.6) and contested marks (0.7).

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