At Carlton : 2016 -
Debut : Round 18, 2017 vs Brisbane Lions (Aged 19 years & 211 days)
Carlton Player No. 1188
Games : 8 *
Goals : 15 *
Guernsey No. 10
Height : 200 cm ( 6 ft. 7 in.)
Weight : 94 kg ( 14 stone, 11 lbs.)
DOB : December 24, 1997
Carlton augmented the clubs’ arsenal of big men by drafting 200 cm ruckman-forward Harry McKay with the Blues’ second selection (number 10) in the 2015 National Draft. McKay was still just 17 on draft day, when he and his twin brother Ben (who went to North Melbourne 11 places after Harry) were both recruited by AFL clubs.
The McKay twins began their journey to the AFL at Warragul and St Paul's Anglican Grammar School in central Gippsland,, before being invited to join the Gippsland Power in the elite TAC Cup Under-18 competition. Ben briefly dropped out of the program early in 2015 (only to return a few months later) but Harry remained and kicked four goals on debut against the Dandenong Stingrays. As the season progressed, so too did Harry, and it wasn’t long before he was being talked about as a likely first round draft pick – especially after some impressive cameo roles for Vic Country on the way to their National Under-18 Division 1 Championship triumph.
At the championships, Harry spent most of his game time as a marking target up forward, where his aerial skills and athleticism posed constant problems for opposition teams. Quick off the mark and a powerful left-foot kick, he was also sent into the ruck in short bursts, where his sure ball-handling and willingness to run both ways stood out.
Over the summer of 2015-16, McKay trained impressively with his new club, and was given a glimpse of what could lie ahead when he played in Carlton’s pre-season NAB Challenge match against Essendon at Princes Park in late February. Only a few weeks later however, he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back, and in April he was placed on the long-term injury list.
Although he returned to the field with the Northern Blues in time to play the last six games of the season, Harry was never a real possibility of gaining senior selection after such a long lay-off, and Carlton fans will now have to wait until 2017 to see if he can make the grade.