Giant decisions await AFL’s rising force
IT'S like the ultimate fantasy football league.
Involved are Graham Wright's 'Clarko's Killers' (aka Hawthorn), Derek Hine's 'All Black and White' (aka Collingwood), Steve Silvagni's 'You Blues, You Lose' (aka Carlton), Stephen Wells' 'Paddy Power' (aka Geelong), Scott Clayton's 'God's Children' (aka Gold Coast), and, of course, Brad Lloyd's 'Lyon's Languishers' (aka Fremantle) among others.
List managers have become a requirement of every AFL club in the past decade or so - as opposed to the old-school 'head recruiter' - with the likes of Wright and Wells pivotal to their team's success.
The plum job could be the one that is currently available - at the GWS Giants. It presents a challenge, but also the promise of riches.
As the club's advert states, the primary responsibility is "to strategically draft and trade players that will fit within the salary cap that enables the club to sustain a top-four team".
The Giants' list was set up superbly by Silvagni, before the champion fullback headed home to Carlton where there is much work to be done.
For starters, the size of the GWS list will be further reduced from 46 down to 44 for next season (from an original 50), so there's two having to go right off the bat.
Then there will be further walkouts, which has become an annual event, with the list manager having to 'facilitate' a variety of trades.
Eight Giants found new homes last trade period, and you can bet there will be more heading out the door this October, primarily for greater opportunity ... but home- sickness in at least one case.
While the Giants flexed their expanding muscle in the AFL against St Kilda, Nick Haynes and James Stewart, picks No.7 and No.27 respectively from the 2012 national draft, and Will Hoskin-Elliott and Adam Tomlinson, picks No.4 and No.9 from 2011, all played reserves, having failed to cement a senior spot.
Too good to be playing in the NEAFL, they will be chased hard by rival clubs.
And let's not forget proven goalkicker Cam McCarthy, who is back in WA and training at local level, no doubt hoping to be a Docker by the end of year. And don't they need him.
But the Giants could be up to their eyeballs in draft picks - again - regardless of whatever trades go down.
As well as the selections they get as a result of their own finishing position on the ladder, which could be high this season, they were also the major beneficiaries of future trading which came into effect last year.
They get a first-rounder each from Collingwood and Geelong and a second- rounder from Adelaide.
Suffice to say, the Giants' recruiting team will be cheering on whoever those three teams play throughout the year.
The tricky part in all of this for GWS will be keeping the players it wants as its salary cap allowance diminishes - from an extra $760,000 this year to nothing by 2019.
And there you are agonising over your fantasy football team decisions.
Lachie Plowman (CAR) Jack Hombsch (PA) Kristian Jaksch (CAR)
Curtley Hampton (ADE) Sam Frost (MELB) Tom Bugg (MELB)
Dom Tyson (MEL) Adam Treloar (COL) Liam Sumner (CAR)
Cam McCarthy (AWOL) Josh Bruce (STK) Jono O'Rourke (HAW)
Jon Giles (WC) Tom Boyd (WB) Jed Lamb (CAR)
Andrew Phillips (CAR) Anthony Miles (RIC) Taylor Adams (COL)
Shaun Edwards (ESS) Mark Whiley (CAR) Jacob Townsend (RIC)