GREATER Western Sydney has dismissed question marks over its top pick at Friday's NAB AFL Draft, dual ACL victim Aiden Bonar.
Bonar has had his right knee reconstructed twice, not an ideal situation for a teenager with dreams of making it to the highest level, but such is his talent that the Giants didn't hesitate to take him at pick No.11.
GWS recruiting boss Adrian Caruso told AFL.com.au that Bonar had shown plenty for Dandenong Stingrays this year and the club had no issue with his injury history.
"We've done a lot of work getting our medical staff on board with the decision and at the end of the day they said this kid isn't someone you should be worried about'," he said.
"If you think he's the best player, just pick him.
"We feel like the work he's done to rehab his knee the second time around means that it's as strong as anyone's, so we've got no issue with the risk.
"We were confident that he would be there. There was some talk that the Saints might pick him, but we didn't want to get our hopes up in case we were let down."
Caruso said the Giants had earmarked Bonar to play as a forward in 2018, but his size and versatility could mean he fills a variety of roles.
"I think the most exciting part is seeing him as that big midfielder down the track, with his athleticism," he said.
"He might start as a forward but I can definitely see him moving into the midfield, because those bigger bodies to protect the outside players that we've got can really help us."
The Giants remaining selections were small forward Brent Daniels (pick 27), developing key defender Sam Taylor (28), mature-age forward Zac Giles Langdon (56), and western Sydney boy Nic Shipley (65) from the GWS academy.
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