Tanner Bruhn celebrates a goal during the R16 clash between GWS and Hawthorn at Giants Stadium on July 3, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

GEELONG has secured former first-round draft pick Tanner Bruhn via a trade with Greater Western Sydney.

The Cats parted ways with pick No.18 to acquire Bruhn, who was the No.12 pick in the 2020 NAB AFL Draft.

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In two seasons at the Giants, the 20-year-old has played 30 games, including 17 in 2022, largely as a half-forward.


His move to the Cats was reported by AFL.com.au on Friday morning and confirmed in the afternoon.

Bruhn, a Geelong native who went to Geelong Grammar School and played for the Geelong Falcons in the NAB League, was originally drafted by GWS with the free agency compensation pick it acquired for losing Zac Williams to Carlton two years ago.

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The Giants, who traded out Tim Taranto (Richmond) and Bobby Hill (Collingwood) earlier this week, now have five top-20 picks in the draft - currently No.3, 12, 15, 18 and 19.

"We're excited to bring in another first-round draft pick to add to what will be an incredibly strong draft hand across both this season and next," said GWS's senior manager of football, Jason McCartney.

"It's disappointing, particularly given the disruptions of the past two seasons, to lose Tanner back to Victoria only two years after drafting him.

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"But ultimately we're pleased to add another top pick and we wish Tanner well in the future."

In addition to Bruhn, the Cats are expected to add Gold Coast's Jack Bowes to their list during this trade period.

"Tanner is a very talented player, who will add to our midfield stocks while also having the versatility to play other positions," Geelong list manager Andrew Mackie said.

Tanner Bruhn in GWS's match against the Western Bulldogs in round 14, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

"Tanner had a number of options available to him and we've been impressed with the way he has handled himself throughout this period and we're looking forward to seeing him wearing the hoops in 2023.

"We thank Jason McCartney and the Giants for the respectful and positive discussions between our clubs."