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Giants' picks up for grabs

GWS draft strength.

GWS draft strength. Photo: Pat Scala

GREATER Western Sydney has placed its early draft picks back on to the trade table. Having angered rival clubs after amassing picks 1, 2, 3, 12 and 13 in next month's national draft, the Giants are now offering to trade the bulk of those picks for experienced star players.

Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni last night confirmed he had attempted to trade an early pick with one club yesterday, only to be told the player was off limits.

''Other than pick one, I'm happy to talk about anyone for any of the other picks,'' he said. ''We'd be happy to trade the picks, but you'd want to get a very good player in return.''

Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni.

Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

Silvagni threw the picks back on the table as the trade period entered its second week with no deals being reached. With 10 days remaining, clubs already have admitted this year's three-week exchange timetable is too long.

The Giants' move comes after it swapped one of its tradeable 17-year-olds - Jesse Hogan - with Melbourne, not for an established player but for picks 3 and 13.

Silvagni's revelation will further raise the eyebrows given the Giants' clever manipulation of the rules.

61 comments

  • The AFL are creating another Frankenstein (remember the Lions there in a row).

    Commenter
    ajs_age
    Location
    Eagle Point
    Date and time
    October 16, 2012, 7:35AM
    • It took 15 years for the Lions to win a premiership - hardly establishing a Frankenstein

      Commenter
      Kris
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 9:58AM
    • Kris - no it didn't - it took only 4. They were formed in 1997, made the Prelim 2 years later and then won flags from 2001-03.

      Commenter
      coops90
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 10:44AM
    • It looks like the locals are fine with a National Premiership as long as an established Victorian club wins and the interstate teams are there to make up the numbers. GWS finished bottom of the table this year, they may have potential but until they are competitive on a weekly basis potential doesn't count for anything.

      Commenter
      Fair Game
      Location
      Upper Kumbukta West
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 11:39AM
    • Well coops90, if you want to be pedantic, the Lions formed in 1957 (neither comment mentioned Brisbane). Two years later they beat Hawthorn for the flag and in 1978 they beat North. So they took 23 years to win the next one, two, three!!! (as the Brisbane Lions).

      Commenter
      Big Sound
      Location
      Blacktown
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 11:51AM
    • @Big Sound. What you on about? Fitzroy was an original founder of the AFL winning 8 premierships until 1944, then NOTHING. Changing their nickname to the Lions in 1957 brought no premiership success whatsoever. The first Lions premiership was the Brisbane Lions in 2001.

      Surely only proper AFL premierships should count these days and not old suburban league flags from the VFL. Otherwise Port Adelaide can rightfully claim 37 premierships (36 SANFL and 1 AFL). Also the 1972 Australian premiers should be recorded as North Adelaide and not Carlton, as North with the supreme skills of Barry Robran were proven to be the best team in the country that year. In fact the SANFL premiers beat the VFL premiers in most annual championships up until 1914, in the early days the SANFL was the stronger league.

      Commenter
      Viv R
      Location
      Adelaide
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 1:55PM
    • I have absolutely no idea what Big Sound is talking about, "the Lions formed in 1957 (neither comment mentioned Brisbane). Two years later they beat Hawthorn for the flag and in 1978 they beat North" What the??? Can anybody please explain? What competition are you talking about? In the VFL, Fitzroy's (the Lions) last grand final appearance was in 1944. Melbourne won the premiership in 1959 and Hawthorn def North in 1978. Being pedantic is all well and good, but if your facts are completely out of whack then, seriously, what is the point?

      Commenter
      dms1972
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 2:22PM
    • Big Sound - where are you getting your facts from? I'm lost ....

      Commenter
      Pablo
      Location
      Willy
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 2:30PM
    • The Lions were not formed in 1957, did not win the premiership two years later, and did not win the premiership in 1978. Pedantic or not, you still need to get your facts straight. Prior to 2001, the Lions' (as Fitzroy) last Grand Final appearance was their previous Premiership, in 1944.

      Commenter
      dms1972
      Date and time
      October 16, 2012, 3:16PM
  • Judd for picks 1, 2, 3, 12 and 13. Deal done.

    Commenter
    Docklands
    Date and time
    October 16, 2012, 7:42AM

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