Season summary:

Tucker remains one of the club's longer-term prospects, having only joined the Hawks through the mid-season draft in 2023. At 19 years of age, Tucker's showed glimpses of his potential during his first few months in an AFL program, something he will look to build upon during this upcoming pre-season. Standing at 204cm tall, the youngster has all the tools to push for senior selection in the near future.

What the coaches said:

“Clay was a mid-season pick and is still a bit raw in terms of his ruck standing. But his improvement in the back half of this year has been really strong. He also needs to have a good summer to get himself to the aerobic level where he is able to compete, week in, week out. But his actual ruck craft is pretty strong, and he’ll continue to develop his size and strength. He is someone we expect to push those other rucks of Reeves and Meek to continue to make sure they’re competitive. He’ll get to the level within the next 12-18 months, where he can hopefully push for selection as well, similar to Max Ramsden who played a couple of games this year.” - David Hale