Carey Grammar / Oakleigh Chargers / Melbourne
Jack Viney arrived at the Melbourne Football Club as a Father-Son selection in the 2012 National Draft. The inside midfielder was a standout in national under 16 and under 18 competitions, displaying leadership and a strong work ethic from an early age.
Viney made his debut in Round 1, 2013 and picked up a Rising Star nomination along the way, finishing his first season with 13 games to his name. He played almost a full year in 2014 and his ability to compete against older and more mature bodies was obvious, using his strength alongside his natural understanding of the game.
In 2015 Viney finished Runner-Up in the Club Champion Awards, and in 2016 went one better to win his first Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott Memorial Trophy after a dominant year in the midfield. He was further recognised as a leader of the club after being awarded the Ron Barassi Jnr Trophy for outstanding leadership qualities, and ahead of the 2017 season was promoted to co-captain of the club.
He took the leadership role in his stride, taking home the Ron Barassi Jnr trophy and finishing Runner-Up in the Club Champion for a second time. In 2018 Viney, alongside co-captain Nathan Jones, led Melbourne to their first finals appearance since 2006 and will be an important part of building Melbourne’s next Premiership campaign.