The GWS Giants will in 2012 compete for the first time in the AFL Premiership, having been granted the AFL’s 18th licence in 2010 as part of the AFL’s expansion push.
Using similiar draft concessions to that of Gold Coast Suns in previous seasons, GWS Giants began competing in the 2010 TAC Cup before entering the North Eastern Australian Football League, NAB Cup and Foxtel Cup in 2011.
The GWS Giants appointed four-time premiership-winning coach Kevin Sheedy to a three-year contract in 2010 with Mark Williams and Stephen Silvagni two of Sheedy’s notable assistants.
The Giants have signed several star recruits from other clubs, including star midfielder Tom Scully as well as Rhys Palmer, Callan Ward and Phil Davis while also picking up veterans Chad Cornes, Dean Brogan, Luke Power and James McDonald.
Like Gold Coast Suns, the Giants pulled off a signing coup in luring former NRL star Israel Folau on a four-year contract rumoured to be worth $6 million.
Despite these signings and a raft of high draft selections, GWS Giants are expected to struggle in their inaugural season, which commences on March 24 when they face the Sydney Swans at ANZ Stadium.
Based at Blacktown, the Giants will play home games out of both Skoda Stadium and ANZ Stadium.