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Giles rejects Adelaide to stay with the Giants

Staying: Jonathan Giles (left), doing battle with Hawk David Hale, is staying at Greater Western Sydney.

Staying: Jonathan Giles (left), doing battle with Hawk David Hale, is staying at Greater Western Sydney. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

THE market of tall forwards who can ruck has become even thinner with Greater Western Sydney re-signing Jonathan Giles to a new deal.

Giles has resisted the offer of a return to South Australia to join the Crows as a replacement for the departing Kurt Tippett and penned a new three year deal to remain with the Giants. The re-signing will be announced today.

Giles had attracted interest and offers from several clubs, notably the Crows, but has recommitted to remain at the Giants after finishing top five in their best and fairest this year.

Leaving? Bret Thornton may become a Giant.

Leaving? Bret Thornton may become a Giant. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

The Giants admit to being interested in securing veteran Carlton utility Bret Thornton later in the exchange period as a free agent.

As an experienced player able to take a role in defence or attack, Thornton appeals to the Giants as a player who could offer depth and help bridge the years until their talented young key position players develop.

Great Western Sydney ruckman Dean Brogan has yet to make an announcement on his future but is tipped to retire.

With Giles removed from the trading market the pool of available tall forwards who can ruck has thinned.

Melbourne's Stefan Martin remains available to clubs, particularly with the likely arrival of Chris Dawes into the Demons' mix.

Few have expressed keen interest in Martin but his name might feature more prominently as the the second half of the long trade period winds out.

Melbourne and Collingwood did not hold meaningful talks over the weekend on Dawes with Collingwood eager to draw more compensation from Melbourne than the available pick 20 in the draft.

Melbourne is likewise no closer to finalising a deal for versatile key position player Cameron Pedersen with potential for his trade to the Demons being tied into moves to satisfy a deal for Hamish McIntosh to get to Geelong.

Geelong's ability to get that deal done as well as contemplate securing Jared Rivers as a free agent is complicated by the fact it is trying to negotiate a trade for defender Tom Gillies and Mitch Brown had also asked to look at a move to another club.

Hawk Clinton Young, who is weighing offers from Collingwood, Essendon, Brisbane and Port Adelaide as well as his own club, is yet to declare whether he will remain at the Hawks.

St Kilda and West Coast are still no further advanced on a deal for Jamie Cripps to move home to Perth.

The Saints are not budging on their insistence that the only trade they are interested in is one for the contracted defender Mitch Brown, who has asked the Eagles for a trade to St Kilda.

The Eagles have refused to consider a trade for Brown.

20 comments so far

  • Great to hear big JG is staying with the Giants, the team that actually gave him a shot... Love your work big fella ! Sad to hear we are talking with Brent Thornton though. Davies does need some help in the backline but I'm not sure Thornton brings much to the table !!

    Commenter
    Eric Major
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 8:21AM
    • "Great to hear big JG is staying with the Giants, the team that actually gave him a shot."
      LOL if anyone other team had a million priority picks Im sure they would have given him a shot too.

      Commenter
      Got Milk
      Location
      Dreaming
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 9:01AM
    • Actually, Got Milk, just some facts you clearly don't know before you comment. Giles, drafted in 2005 at pick 70 by Port but never played a game for them and was delisted 2009. GWS picked him up in the rookie draft 2011. So yes, GWS is the team that gave him a shot. On a different note, this is a great re-signing, not because of the player, but because of what it represents. He's elected to stay in Sydney when he could've gone home. Shows the players believe in what the GWS is putting together. Hope the rest of them do to.

      Commenter
      G-Man
      Location
      Giant Land
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 9:13AM
    • Got Milk... Johnathon Giles was on Port Adelaide's rookie list for years and was never given an opportunity. So yeah, it's great to see him resign with the Giants as they were willing to give him a shot... Great to see him show some loyalty. Geez it annoys me when people like you try to make an argument when you have no actual facts. I'll bet your a Collingwood supporter !!

      Commenter
      Eric Major
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 9:21AM
    • Yawn!

      Goodwins Law again, except replace Nazism with Collingwood.

      How on Earth does Collingwood come into this thread?
      I bet you're a Brisbane supporter.

      Commenter
      Christos
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 12:22PM
    • Every club at some stage, and particularly at a new club, need a big man to stand up and say "I'm staying - through thick and thin". Giles has now done that. (His player-manager was just doing the hard-ball.) Boak did it at Port this year. They are the kind of player you can build a squad around, and a club. Big of character.

      Commenter
      Groote
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      October 18, 2012, 12:36PM
  • He was delisted by Port in 2009, and spent 2010 in the SANFL. Eric's right, any other team in the AFL could have drafted him a few years ago and had him on their list for 2013, but only GWS had faith.

    Commenter
    Jimbo
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    October 15, 2012, 9:44AM
    • I cannot believe Melbourne are even entertaining the prospect of handing over pick 20 for a spud like Dawes. Sadly I've come to expect this from Neeld & his collective of clowns. Footy's equivalent to Tony Abbot. Talks tough, lots of faux fist thumping outrage like some pretend angry drill sargaent but ultimately light on substance.

      Commenter
      Hank Scoprio
      Date and time
      October 15, 2012, 10:06AM
      • Hank, take what you can get mate. It is Melbourne you are talking about.

        Commenter
        azzos
        Date and time
        October 15, 2012, 10:44AM
      • Gee Hank - well said by someone who is an obvious expert. I guess your stellar career in the Dumptown U9s is the reason why you should be running an AFL club.

        Commenter
        jaro
        Location
        sydne
        Date and time
        October 15, 2012, 10:46AM

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