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AFL season preview 2014: GWS Giants

GWS hopes an injection of senior talent creates more resilience in 2014.


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2014 preview: GWS Giants

What can we expect from the Greater Western Sydney Giants in their third year? Rohan Connolly and Emma Quayle examine the Giants' chances in 2014.

Coach: Leon Cameron

Captains: Callan Ward, Phil Davis

Last two years: 18-18

Premierships: Nil


Key five: Callan Ward, Jeremy Cameron, Heath Shaw, Phil Davis, Shane Mumford

One to watch: Heath Shaw. Forced out of Collingwood under Nathan Buckley’s plan of widespread renewal, the rebounding defender should still have to plenty to offer at an expansion club.

Ins: Dylan Addison (Western Bulldogs), Jake Barrett (NSW-ACT U18), Tom Boyd (Eastern U18), Josh Hunt (Geelong), Josh Kelly (Sandringham U18), Jed Lamb (Sydney), Rory Lobb (Swan Districts WAFL), Cam McCarthy (South Fremantle WAFL), Shane Mumford (Sydney), Heath Shaw (Collingwood).

Outs: Taylor Adams (Collingwood), Kurt Aylett (Essendon), Dean Brogan (retired), Josh Bruce (St Kilda), Chad Cornes (retired), Sam Darley (Western Bulldogs), Shaun Edwards (Essendon), Josh Growden (delisted), Anthony Miles (Richmond rookie list), Setanta O’hAilpin (delisted), Sam Reid (retired), Bret Thornton (delisted), Dom Tyson (Melbourne), Gerald Ugle (delisted).

Best line-up:

B: Curtly Hampton, Tim Mohr, Josh Hunt

HB: Nick Haynes, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw

C: Tom Scully, Callan Ward, Lachie Whitfield

HF: Devon Smith, Jonathon Patton, Jed Lamb

F: Dylan Addison, Jeremy Cameron, Tom Boyd

R: Shane Mumford, Stephen Coniglio, Adam Treloar

I: Dylan Shiel, Jonathan Giles, Rhys Palmer, Tomas Bugg  

Predicted finish: 17th

Betting (Sportingbet)

To win the flag: $501

To make the top eight: $34

Ultimate sleeper

Toby Greene

Second-year blues are a known fantasy phenomenon and despite being a gun, Toby Greene is human. His average took a dive by nearly 20 points in 2013, to hit 76.5. Some of this can be attributed to Greene playing defensive roles across half back or matching up on opponents more closely. Regardless of why, these moves savaged Greene’s fantasy output. While he is only a midfielder this season, he is still talented and with Heath Shaw moving to the GWS, he should be freed up to return to the midfield full-time. Let’s not forget that the lad is young and consistency will come with experience. With 38 games already played and another pre-season under his belt, expect Greene to improve in 2014.

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