Luke Jackson is a competitive and athletic ruck drafted by the Melbourne Demons with the 3rd pick in the 2019 AFL National Draft. Jackson had a promising junior basketball career before he decided to focus purely on football, a decision that has paid off as he became the first WA player taken in the 2019 draft.
Jackson dominated ruck contests throughout the National Championships, averaging 16 disposals and 37 hit outs across the competition. He was given the nod as the best ruck in the Under 18 All Australian team, while he also finished runner-up in the national competitions Best and Fairest.
Narrowly missing selection in the first round of 2020, Jackson worked hard over the Covid-19 enforced break and was rewarded with his debut in Melbourne’s Round 2 win over Carlton. At 199cm he dominates the ruck, but Jackson’s athleticism, endurance, and capabilities below his knees indicate there is plenty for Melbourne fans to be excited about.