DOB: 13 April 1994
From: Ashburton/Carey Grammar/Oakleigh Chargers, Selection #26 (father/son), 2012 National Draft
Number: 7 2013
Games: 70* (to end 2016)
Statistical categories led:
Most contested possessions in a game (23) Round 5, 2016 vs Richmond
Most tackles in a game (16) Round 8, 2016 vs Western Bulldogs
Most handballs in a game (28) Round 20, 2016 vs Hawthorn
Most tackles in a season : 148 - 2016
The son of Todd Viney and nephew of Jay committed himself to the Demons as a father/son prospect in November 2010, but did not officially become a Melbourne player until the club nominated him in advance of the 2012 Draft.
Greater Western Sydney or Gold Coast could have forced the Demons to use National Draft pick three on Viney, but neither bid on him and Melbourne were then allowed to pick him with a second round selection.
Viney debuted in Melbourne's first match of 2013 and was one of the Demons' best in a disappointing defeat, and despite being kept out the side for a long period with injury he proved to be one the rare highlights of his side's terrible season - winning a Rising Star nomination late in the season and being named the club's Best Young Player.
He added a further 20 games in his second year as he became a fixture of Melbourne's side. After the Round 7, 2014 win over Adelaide he was cited by the Match Review Panel for a bump on an opponent and was initially suspended for two matches. Viney managed to have the suspension overturned on appeal and was free to play the next week.
In 2015 he played his best season to date, missing out on the club's Best and Fairest by one vote despite missing six weeks with injury. The next year he played all but one game when he was suspended, winning his first B&F after being one of the most consistent players on the list.
|Round 7, 2014||Rough Conduct||Not Guilty|
|Round 22, 2015||Wrestling||$1000 fine|
|Round 5, 2016||Melee||$1500 fine|
|Round 10, 2016||Striking||1 match|
Herald Sun - 08/10/2012