Leagues: NAB League Boys
+ Scoreboard impact
- Contested work
Possibly the best of the State Draft Combine invites, Harvey Gallagher exploded late in 2022 with a move to defence ultimately putting him in the AFL Draft frame. A handy talent as a small forward/midfielder, Gallagher was thrown behind the ball from Round 12, which seemed a fascinating call given he had booted three goals in back-to-back games, albeit over the space of a month.
Down back, the Pioneers skipper tore the competition apart, with his 24-disposal, seven rebound-50 match in Round 12 remarkably the lowest of his final six NAB League games. His numbers blew up the stats sheet with hauls of 24, 28, 37, 42 and 44 in that stint, earning him a Vic Country call-up in the final game. Unlike some who might just accumulate the ball, Gallagher generally uses it well and provides tons of run from the back half. His work rate is exceptional, and Gallagher even gets forward to boot goals.
Since moving into defence, Gallagher kicked 7.12, and could have had more influence had he finished off his hard work. It is fair to say Gallagher is not an inside ball-winner, but the role he plays he does not need to be, instead intercepting the ball or receiving it by hand and looking to run and carry to set up scoring chains down the field. A remarkable revival.