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How a discarded Tom Scully ended up in a Hawthorn jumper so soon

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Tom Scully cost his second club, Greater Western Sydney, $6 million over six years and delivered the Demons two first round draft picks, in one of the largest deals in footy history. He came to his third club, Hawthorn, for a 2019 draft pick that will be in the 70s or 80s, as part of the Giants' salary cap clearance sale.

He cost the Giants a mint, yet was given away like a 1996 Hyundai, for two reasons: One, there were major doubts about whether he could overcome a serious ankle injury; two, the Giants needed to get his contract - close to $600,000 for three years - out of their bursting salary cap, in a trade they insist improved their bargaining position with Essendon over Dylan Shiel.

New Hawk Tom Scully.Credit:Eddie Jim

If Scully goes on to play 100 games for Hawthorn - and that remains an "if" comparable to the Gold Coast retaining their next crop of players - the Hawks will have pulled up another heist, the third occasion in which a highly talented, purported crock has been healed at Hawthorn.

Scully's return to senior football, well before expectation, prompts two questions: 1) How he ended up being donated to the Hawthorn midfield and, 2), how he's made it back this soon, when the prognosis for his ankle was so grim.

1. The Donation.

To answer the first question, consider the history of Shaun Burgoyne, who literally arrived at Hawthorn on crutches.

Burgoyne had a bad knee at Port Adelaide. He'd just turned 27 - around the same age as Scully today. Alastair Clarkson is understood to have told Burgoyne that, for the trade to work, "Silk" would have to play for at least three seasons.

That was 2009.

Burgoyne - entering his 10th season at Hawthorn,........

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