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Scully says he could be a Demon for life

By Guy Hand 04/03/2011 02:13:31 PM Comments (0)

Of the two once-in-a-career AFL opportunities he has, Tom Scully says he's leaning towards being a Melbourne player for life.

The 19-year-old got on the front-foot to bat away speculation he would quit the Demons to join Greater Western Sydney for their 2012 debut.

Scully, the No.1 draft pick in 2009, has been heavily linked with the Giants on a multi-million dollar, multi-year deal which would dwarf what the Demons could offer.

That speculation became rampant after the midfielder's management put off all contract talks with the Demons until the end of the season.

But Scully emphatically denied any approach from the Giants to him, his management or his family.

And he said negotiating a new deal with the Demons and becoming a one-club player was at the forefront of his thinking.

"Absolutely not," Scully said when asked whether the thought of getting rich from GWS' entry into the AFL had entered his head.

"There's been no approach (from GWS), absolutely not.

"I've got absolutely nothing to hide, and I thought I should come out and say something.

"I love the club, I love my teammates and I want to be part of the future going ahead at the Melbourne footy club.

"I'd love to end my career a one-club player, and I anticipate that will be the case."

The Giants, who have also been linked with Geelong's Jimmy Bartel and Collingwood star Scott Pendlebury, can sign up to 16 uncontracted players from established clubs over the next two years.

While there may not have been an approach to Scully yet, it looks a formality at some stage.

The teenager is rated a potential AFL superstar whose career would be peaking just as the Giants should be.

But Scully, who admitted to heart-to-heart talks with ill Demons president Jim Stynes over the issue, stood by his decision not to enter into contract talks with anyone until the end of the season.

It is a stance similar to that of Geelong's Gary Ablett before his eventual defection to start-up club Gold Coast.

"I'm a 19-year-old guy in my second year of football. Contracts are the furthest thing away from my mind," Scully said.

"All that stuff is external. I'll leave that to my management and the club (Melbourne) to sort out.

"My main focus is playing footy and I'm looking forward to getting out there.

"I just want to play out my full two years at the club and see how I go."

Scully will return to action on Saturday in Melbourne's practice match against Brisbane at Princes Park.

He missed the Demons' NAB Cup quarter-final defeat last week because of knee soreness.

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