FORMER Giant Taylor Adams says Greater Western Sydney's out-of-contract young guns should think carefully about whether a return to Victoria is right for them.
Adams, who was drafted by the Giants with pick No.13 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft, spent two years at the Giants before returning home to Victoria to play for Collingwood at the end of 2013.
There has been speculation over whether some of GWS' other ex-Victorians – including out of contract stars Jeremy Cameron, Dylan Shiel and Adam Treloar – will follow the lead of Adams (and Tom Boyd) lead in seeking a trade home.
Citing his own experiences in western Sydney, Adams said his ex-teammates faced difficult decisions as they weighed up their football futures.
"Everyone's different but I think if you're playing good footy up there, there's not much reason to come home," Adams told AFL.com.au.
"When you think about it it's your job. If you're doing your job well, you're going to be happy.
"Some guys have different things happening in their lives, but for me my decision was based on football (opportunities)."
The Magpies midfielder lauded the Giants' welfare program, run by former Brisbane Lion Craig Lambert and his wife Melissa.
The Lamberts helped him through his initial five-month homesickness period and with their help Adams said he became more accustomed to life in western Sydney.
"The thing about the Giants is that we had such a good bunch of blokes that were such good friends," he said.
"So it was like a little family up there."
However, eventually the pull of home became too hard to ignore with Adams also indicating the daily football grind became too constricting for his liking.
The 21-year-old, who originally hails from Geelong, is now living in Melbourne with his sister Brittany and a childhood friend, and Adams enjoys the fact they "cut out" most footy talk.
He values his downtime and he believes finding the right balance in his life helped him through an early-season rut last year.
"I loved my two years up at the Giants but it was hard to get away from footy," Adams said.
"It's good to be back home with family and friends.
"It just makes life a little more sound. A little more complete."