SKILLED DOLPHIN GRAY BECOMES A SEAGULL

GRAY, KYLE NO. 31

GRAY, KYLE NO. 31

Williamstown has signed up and coming defender Kyle Gray from Frankston for season 2017.

Gray, 20, signed with the club on a one-year contract, after Frankston were not offered a license by AFL Victoria for next year.

The medium defender has spent the past two years with Frankston since joining the club from the Dandenong Stingrays in the TAC Cup.

General Manager of Football Chris Dixon was excited to bring the versatile Gray on board with the Seagulls for 2017.

“As a 20 year old Kyle has already played 36 VFL games and has learnt to play above his size on much taller and stronger opponents,” said Dixon.

“He had a great season in 2016 finishing in the top five of the Dolphins best and fairest, and regularly beat his direct opponent.”

The 190cm Gray has shown remarkable consistency for someone at such a young age at VFL senior level, being named among his side’s best players 13 times from 36 games.

Gray burst onto the scene in 2015 with the Dolphins, playing 18 senior games in his debut year and taking home the club’s Best 1st Year Player award.

While being more than capable defensively, Gray has also shown to be a fantastic user of the ball coming out of defence, with an 81.3% disposal efficiency to go along with his 13 disposals per game in 2016.

“There’s no doubt he’s still developing as a player and has considerable upside,” said Dixon.

“We look forward to assisting his football development in 2017 and we’re excited by what he can produce for us.”