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Giants' draftees could outshine Suns: AFL

Sam McKeith 29/06/2011 01:41:54 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney should have a more talented group of young draftees than those picked up by fellow AFL expansion club Gold Coast, league chief executive Andrew Demetriou believes.

Demetriou made the prediction on Wednesday as he announced the Giants would host this year's national draft, as the Suns did last year, ahead of their inaugural season.

The Suns drafted an extremely promising batch of youngsters, headed by No.1 pick David Swallow, but Demetriou said this year's draft-eligible players seemed even better.

"By the end of the draft we will know the basis of the team and the talent and the names of the youngsters that will take this team into the future," Demetriou told reporters in Sydney.

"The draft is going to be a great story for GWS because it appears that by the early reports that I've got, that the youngsters coming through in this year's draft are probably better than the crop that went to the Gold Coast."

This year's draft will be held in Sydney's west, on November 24, ahead of the Giants' debut AFL season next year.

As with the Suns last year, they will be given the bulk of early picks, including the first three selections, and six of the next 12, although they can trade some of those if they wish.

"It will be a great fillip for the new team playing in 2012," Demetriou said.

"... The decisions the club will make at the 2011 AFL draft will be pivotal to the club's future over the next decade."

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