THERE'S a new land of the ex-Giants.

For many years, Carlton has been rightly viewed as a second-home to Greater Western Sydney players.

The targeting of stars and fringe players at the Giants was part of the Blues' list management strategy, particularly given the club's links to the newest AFL franchise – ex-list manager Stephen Silvagni and current recruiting manager Paul Brodie were both formerly at the Giants.

The 2019 Telstra AFL Trade Period was Stephen Silvagni's last in charge at Carlton. Picture: AFL Photos

The success rate was questionable, but Carlton managed to land deals without giving much away as the squeeze for spots at GWS became an issue.

But another club has usurped the Blues as having the most former Giants on its list.

Essendon now tops the competition after its pre-season signing of former Giant-turned-premiership Tiger Jacob Townsend. It lifted the number of ex-Giants at the Bombers to five, following their off-season signing of Andrew Phillips from Carlton (Phillips started his career at GWS).

The pair went the long way from GWS to Essendon, unlike the other three former Giants at Tullamarine – Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith and James Stewart – who arrived via direct trades.

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Marsh: Small Bomber forwards cause a spill

Forward pressure from Devon Smith allows Jacob Townsend to pounce on a turnover

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Carlton still remains second on the list with four players (Matt Kennedy, Lachie Plowman, Caleb Marchbank and Will Setterfield), while Collingwood, Fremantle, Hawthorn and North Melbourne all have three apiece.

The Magpies boast the most star factor in their trio, with Adam Treloar one of the leading midfielders in the competition, Taylor Adams a key member of their leadership group and goalkicker Will Hoskin-Elliott an important part of their forward set up.

Across the competition there are 26 players at different clubs after beginning their respective careers at the Giants (see below for a mock best 22 line-up).

Clearly the large majority has seen players from Victoria head back to Melbourne-based clubs, however the Dockers have also picked off some key West Australian talents in Rory Lobb, Nathan Wilson and Cam McCarthy.

The numbers do not count players who were pre-listed by the Giants through draft concessions but then traded to rival clubs, such as Luke Brown (Adelaide) and Jed Anderson (North Melbourne).


Adelaide Crows


Brisbane Lions



Matt Kennedy
Lachie Plowman
Caleb Marchbank
Will Setterfield

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Daisy's clearing handball sets up Kennedy's second

Dale Thomas has found a way through a tight contest with this smart handball which set up Matthew Kennedy's second goal of the match

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Adam Treloar
Taylor Adams
Will Hoskin-Elliott


Jacob Townsend
Dylan Shiel
James Stewart
Andrew Phillips
Devon Smith

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Shiel stuns with incredible volley goal

Dylan Shiel pulls some outrageous skill out of his trick bag, landing a nonchalant mid-air hack

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Nathan Wilson
Cam McCarthy
Rory Lobb

Geelong Cats


Gold Coast Suns

Anthony Miles
Jack Hombsch


Sam Frost
Tom Scully
Jonathon Patton

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The General gets around his troops after slotting his first

Jon Patton scores his first goal in the brown and gold

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Adam Tomlinson

North Melbourne

Paul Ahern
Aiden Bonar
Dom Tyson




St Kilda

Jack Steele

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Toyota Fixture Throwback: Nerves of Steele gives Saints the lead

Jack Steele kicks a terrific goal from the stoppage to bounce St Kilda in front

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Sydney Swans


West Coast Eagles


Western Bulldogs

Josh Bruce

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Dogs recruit kicks his first in new colours

Josh Bruce kicks his first goal for the Bulldogs

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B: Lachie Plowman, Jack Hombsch, Caleb Marchbank
HB: Nathan Wilson, Sam Frost, Adam Tomlinson
C: Dylan Shiel, Adam Treloar, Tom Scully
HF: Will Hoskin-Elliott, Rory Lobb, Devon Smith
F: Jonathon Patton, Josh Bruce, Jacob Townsend
R: Andrew Phillips, Taylor Adams, Jack Steele
I/C: Paul Ahern, Dom Tyson, Will Setterfield, Cam McCarthy
Emerg: James Stewart, Matt Kennedy, Aiden Bonar, Anthony Miles