Shane Tuck : biography
Shane Tuck (born 24 December 1981) is an Australian Rules footballer who plays for the Richmond Football Club in the AFL.
Tuck finally made his AFL debut in 2004 for Richmond after three unsuccessful seasons on the Hawthorn list and a season with SANFL club West Adelaide. At the end of 2004 his AFL future was in question, with the last place on the senior list up for grabs between himself and Tim Fleming, Richmond contemplated delisting him. It was only due to the fact Tuck was the son of Hawthorn champion Michael, who himself had been a relatively late-bloomer that he was considered 'worth the punt' and retained.
In 2005, he had a stellar season and played all 22 games Richmond were involved in. In Round 9 against Brisbane, he signalled his amazing transformation by producing a match-winning 31 disposal performance. He became one of the AFL's premier midfielders and won Richmond's best clubman award, as well as finishing third in the Best and Fairest.
Tuck played 104 consecutive games between the opening round of 2005 and round 16 2009.
Shane is the son of Hawthorn legend and VFL/AFL games record holder Michael Tuck and older brother of former Hawthorn footballer Travis Tuck. He is the nephew of Geelong great Gary Ablett Sr and former VFL footballers Geoff and Kevin Ablett. His cousins are Gold Coast player Gary Ablett Jr and former Geelong and Gold Coast player Nathan Ablett.
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