Greater Western Sydney Giants at Blacktown Olympic Park,
Greater Western Sydney Giants at Blacktown Olympic Park, Clay Cross / SMP Images

Giant deal gets GWS top picks

AFL: While Hawthorn is using the trade period to ensure it gives itself the best chance of winning next year's flag, GWS and Melbourne have been wheeling and dealing in a bid to set themselves up for a crack at one a little further down the track.

After having the first five picks, and 11 of the first 14, in the 2011 national draft, the Giants get the first three picks, and five of the first 13, in the 2012 draft after yesterday completing an intricate deal with the Demons.

The Demons gave up their selections three and 13 to GWS in exchange for the No.2 pick in the mini-draft (for 17-year-olds not eligible to play next season), the No.20 pick in the national draft and Northern Territory youngster Dom Barry.

Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni said: "The addition of more talented young players will take us another step closer to ultimate premiership success."

After welcoming Jack Viney to the club on Monday as a father-son selection, Melbourne confirmed it would use that mini-draft pick on highly promising young West Australian forward Jesse Hogan.

It follows the Giants gaining Gold Coast's second selection in the national draft in exchange for the first pick in the mini-draft, which the Suns have used on WA livewire Jack Martin.

The Hawks, meanwhile, who finished third and second respectively in the past two seasons, unveiled the prized recruit yesterday that could take them a step further.

A big defender capable of manning equally big opposition forwards, Brian Lake is seen as the missing piece of the Hawks' premiership puzzle - and he is desperate to be a part of one.

"That's why we're here to play football. You can have your individual awards, but to play on grand final day - I went this year to the game and just the atmosphere and the build-up to it, you just want to be part of it," he said.

So desperate is the 30-year-old to be a "part of it", it is believed he has taken a six-figure pay cut.

"I'm not confirming numbers, but things have changed with the change of clubs," he said.

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