A smooth moving midfielder and half back, Tucker was selected by Fremantle with pick 27 in the 2015 NAB AFL Draft. Originally from Horsham in Victoria’s west, Tucker relocated to board at Ballarat Clarendon College after impressing for Vic Country at the 2013 NAB AFL Under 16 Championships. Part of the AFL Academy Level 1 and Level 2 squads, Tucker was named to the All-Australian team at the 2014 Under 18 titles as a bottom ager.
Tucker was Captain of the North Ballarat Rebels in 2015 and was involved in Vic Country’ Division One title success at the NAB AFL Under 18 Championships. A 15.3 Beep Test at the NAB AFL Draft Combine — the third best overall — and his high disposal numbers in both the TAC Cup and Nationals suggests he has both the aerobic capacity and the ability to fulfil the Dockers faith in making him their first selection in the Draft.
Suited by the wide open spaces of Domain Stadium, Tucker’s debut season yielded an impressive 12 AFL games, including a polished display in the final round win over eventual premiers the Western Bulldogs. Tucker rounded out his year with a key role in Peel Thunder’s first ever WAFL Premiership. Tucker’s 2017 campaign consisted of 19 senior games and he added a further 17 in 2018, kicking two goals in the first Western Derby at Optus Stadium.
With 50 AFL games in sight, Tucker will look to build his career further in his fourth season as a Docker.