Clayton is a strong bodied midfielder who became one of the draft bolters in the 2015 draft being selected by Melbourne with selection 4. His stoppage work is first rate and he also excels one-on-one and uses the ball effectively, particularly by hand.
Following a gruelling first preseason, Oliver was selected in all three Nab Challenge games where he didn’t look a bit out of place and gave Melbourne fans another reason to be genuinely optimistic about their 2016 season.
Oliver was rewarded for his hard work making his debut in round 1 against Greater Western Sydney, where he tore the first half apart collecting 17 disposals and hailing AFL legend Gerald Healy to describe it as “the best 60 minutes of football from a debutant he’d ever seen”. He finished the game with 22 touches and looks to have cemented himself as a formidable member of the Melbourne midfield. Oliver received the Round 1 Nab Rising Star Nomination after his impressive performance and is firming as a serious contender to win the award at the end of the 2016 season.