Viney’s addition to Melbourne under the Father-Son rule at selection 26 in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft is a significant boost to the club’s emerging talent. With Melbourne looking to create another successful era for the club, Viney’s robust, inside midfield game style compliments this greatly. Considered one of the 2012 Draft’s best prospects, he is a tough in-and-under midfielder, fierce tackler and clearance specialist.
During his debut season in 2013, Jack managed to play 13 games and receive a NAB Rising Star despite having several small injuries that impacted his year. His ability to compete against older and more mature bodies in the AFL was a real highlight. His strength and competitiveness is a key element to his game and his ability to use them to his advantage demonstrates his natural understanding of the game. Jack’s 2014 season was a further development to his career and learning, playing 20 games in Melbourne’s midfield and finding consistent form. He averaged 19.9 disposals throughout the year as well as 4.3 tackles.
2015 saw Viney play 16 games, showing further benefits from his growing experience. However, due to a fracture in his fibula, Viney was sidelined for a month of the year and consequently, missed a handful of important games. Despite this, Viney was still recognised for his outstanding form in coming runner-up in the club Best and Fairest to teammate, Bernie Vince. This was a great outcome for Viney however proved not enough for the proven midfielder as his 2016 year was one of sheer greatness.
Viney won his first Keith Truscott Medal in 2016 after a dominant year in the midfield. Playing 21 games, Viney averaged 26 disposals, 7 tackles and 5.9 clearances a game, writing his name amongst some of Melbourne’s greatest midfielders. His ability to win the ball and dispose of it effectively was what set him apart from the rest of the competition. He was further recognised as a leader of the club after being awarded the Ron Marassi Jnr Trophy for outstanding leadership qualities.
Ahead of the 2017 season, Jack was named co-captain, alongside teammate, Nathan Jones. His ability to impress the coaches and playing group at his young age is a true testament to his character and professionalism. Jack is truly invested in the club’s projects and future and represents everything that players aim to be. Jack’s 2017 campaign was a showing of his ongoing hard-work however sadly, his season was cut short after 18 games, due to an further foot injury. Unbelievably, Jack was named runner-up in the Best and Fairest. Jack is a very personable and mature young man who continually strives for excellence in himself and his teammates.