Mooroopna – Victoria
Clayton is a strong-bodied midfielder who became one of the draft bolters in 2015, being selected by Melbourne with pick 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. Oliver concluded the 2017 season with 13 games and 6 goals.
Oliver’s 2017 season was one of amazement and sheer-excitement. At the age of 20, Oliver had just concluded a dominant season where he was recognised as the Best and Fairest of the Melbourne Football Club. Across his 22 appearances for the Demons in 2017, Oliver averaged 29.9 disposals each game, a truly amazing achievement for an athlete of that age. Clayton is recognised as one of the game’s most outstanding young talents. Oliver will remain with the Demons until at least the end of the 2019 season.