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GWS Giants AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

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Last updated: 18 Feb 2024
Ryan Tucker 18 Feb 2024
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  • Projected 11th place finish in 2024 AFL season.
  • Strong attacking metrics and core team players as key strengths.
  • Deficiencies identified in defensive metrics and tactics.
Toby Greene
Toby Greene of the Giants (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: GWS Giants


  • AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: GWS Giants
  • Where they finish: 11th in the AFL in 2024
  • What’s to like 
  • What’s NOT to like
  • GWS Giants Offseason Player Movement
  • GWS Giants Predicted Round 1 Squad

Where they finish: 11th in the AFL in 2024

 
In 2023 there were two wins separating 5th and 11th. My expectation is that it will once again be congested in the middle of the table in 2024. The Giants have picked up a few solid draft assets but it will take time before they are at AFL level. GWS will be in the mix come September, luck will determine whether they make the 8 or not.

What’s to like 


GWS proved last year that their list is good enough to match it with any team. Across attacking metrics they were top 5 in a number of areas last season. They led the league in 1%ers and Uncontested Possesions, 3rd in the AFL in Inside 50’s as well as scoring the 3rd most Goals of any team in 2023.

Their core of Greene, Kelly, Whitfield, Coniglio, Ward and Haynes are elite, add to that Tom Green who last season was first in the AFL in disposals and contested possessions per game as well as 10th for score involvements, the team is right in their Premiership window!

What’s NOT to like


With a host of young up and coming players there will be hard competition for spots in the team. This is not necessarily always a bad thing but could cause instability for the veterans if things don’t start out well. 

Statistically GWS are not a great defensive team. They allowed their opponents the most amount of Inside 50’s of any team in the AFL in 2023, were worst in opposition Clearances and teams that played the Giants enjoyed the 5th most amount of Uncontested Possessions. Any one of those metrics could tip a close game from a win to a loss sending GWS falling down the ladder.


GWS Giants Offseason Player Movement


IN
Joseph Fonti (No.44 draft pick), Phoenix Gothard (No.12 draft pick), James Leake (No.17 draft pick), Harvey Thomas (No.59 draft pick, Academy), Nathan Wardius (Category B rookie, Academy)

OUT
Phil Davis (retired), Cameron Fleeton (delisted), Matt Flynn (free agent, West Coast), Jason Gillbee (delisted), Daniel Lloyd (retired)

GWS Giants Predicted Round 1 Squad


Full Back

Jack Buckley

Sam Taylor

Connor Idun

Half Back

Lachie Ash

Harry Himmelberg

Lachie Whitfield

Centre

Finn Callaghan

Tom Green

Harry Perryman

Half Forward

Toby Bedford

Jake Riccardi

Brent Daniels

Full Forward

Callum Brown

Jesse Hogan

Toby Greene

Followers

Kieren Briggs

Josh Kelly

Stephen Coniglio

Interchange

Isaac Cumming

Callan Ward

Aaron Cadman

Xavier O'Halloran

Ryan Angwin (sub)


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