First drafted to Port Adelaide but best known for his decorated career with Geelong, Tom Harley is a veteran of 198 AFL games. Appointed captain of Geelong in 2007, he led the team to three successive grand finals and two premierships, in 2007 and 2009.
Following his retirement from football, Harley has held numerous roles within the football industry. He worked as a commentator with Channel 7 and an assistant coach to the AFL/AIS Academy, before taking on the role of General Manager of AFL NSW/ACT. Harley joined the Sydney Swans in November 2014 as General Manager – Football, and in 2019 transitioned into the role as the club’s Chief Executive Officer.
We asked Tom a few questions about friendships and these were his responses:
What’s your favourite childhood memory with friends?
School sport was the best. I was lucky enough to play professionally however my high school football experiences rank right along side AFL Premiership success. The highlight was without a doubt our first 18 Interpol match. This game is played against Adelaide’s two oldest schools and at the time, it felt like the most important thing in the world. We took it so seriously! And… we won! 25 years later we still wax lyrical about how great it was.
What 3 words would a friend use to describe you?
1… generous, 2… loyal, 3… considerate