GREATER Western Sydney has defended its decision to walk away from its founding home less than halfway through its first AFL Season. Giants chief executive Dave Matthews said last night that the club would have struggled to retain its premium draft picks had the club remained at Blacktown.

In a move which underlined the shambolic circumstances surrounding the club's launch into the AFL, Matthews has pulled off something of a coup in transporting the club out of Sydney's deep west and significantly closer to town at the Olympic precinct just minutes from Skoda Stadium - the Giants' fourth home ground this season.

Matthews was seconded from the AFL to take over the club at the end of last season when it had not only failed to secure a permanent training venue but had not yet chosen a club song, settled upon a team of executives or secured sufficient major sponsors.

But the AFL's and the club's top priority in appointing Matthews was to establish a suitable home in the face of growing player discontent. Matthews defended the multi-million dollar establishment of the Blacktown training and administration facility - a potential white elephant - which the Giants will now depart and leave for its AFL academy staff. He also denied the club was no longer representative of Greater Western Sydney.

"Where we are going to be based is still the west of Sydney," said Matthews. "I don't think there are any other football codes spending $4 million in development across the west of Sydney.

"We've been as open and honest as we possibly can to the people of Blacktown about what the needs of an elite team are. We've shown them what Collingwood looks like and what Essendon will look like and explained that that is what the benchmark is for the best young players in the country.

"The reality is there's not a summer training facility for us at Blacktown International Sports Park." GWS has secured $2 million in federal government funding to help build its new home.

The AFL's other coup with GWS has been a $26 million 10-year deal with the ACT government. The Giants will play four home games a season at Canberra's Manuka Oval and hold a pre-season training camp in Canberra each year - starting at the end of this season.