Toast Congratulations to 2022 All Australian Sam Taylor (Josh Kelly in AA Squad)

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Co-captain Josh Kelly and star defender Sam Taylor have been recognised for their outstanding seasons with inclusions in the 40-man Therabody All-Australian Squad.



Kelly had another impressive season in the midfield and will be looking to secure his second All-Australian call up, while Taylor has not previously been selected. Playing in 21 games this season, Kelly led the GIANTS from the front averaging 26.7 disposals, 14 kicks and 12.6 handballs a game, including kicking nine goals along the way.

An All-Australian jacket would be a fitting reward for Taylor who has been in career best form this year and has quickly emerged as one of the best defenders in the game. In 2022, he led the league in total intercepts and intercepts per game, ranked second in spoils, and averaged 15.2 disposals – playing in all 23 games for the GIANTS.

The final team of 22 will be selected as if to play a match and will be named on Wednesday, 24 August, as part of the AFL Awards.
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Congratulations to both for the recognition, but especially to Sam Taylor who has been outstanding for us this year. He deserves to make the AA team.
 

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wait what but he is s**t and doesnt deserve the coin whats he doing there? :rolleyes:
Now you just need to copy and paste and pick a different one of our players earning over $500k each week, and you're an AFL journalist too!
 

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Slammer deserves to be AA purely because he owned his position and he got better and better.
We probably forgot that his first few weeks were a bit shaky.
Chook was super consistent and we forget how much oppo teams put into negating him. Still, a surprise to me.
 

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Kelly is very good most weeks, never understand the criticism he gets.

Im glad he made the 44 man squad. Dont think he makes the team.

Taylor should make the side and will be unlucky if he doesnt
 

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Well done, Sam! A fitting reward for an outstanding season, by an outstanding young man.



GIANTS young-gun Sam Taylor has capped off a stellar season with inclusion in the 2022 Therabody All-Australian team.

Named at centre half back, it’s the first All-Australian honour for the young defender who was presented with his inaugural blazer at a ceremony in Melbourne on Wednesday evening. Playing in all 23 games for the GIANTS this season, Taylor led the league in total intercepts and intercepts per game, ranked second in spoils, and averaged 15.2 disposals. It’s a fitting reward for the 23-year-old who has enjoyed a career best season, taking on – and beating – the best key forwards in the competition.

Sam Taylor follows in the footsteps of Toby Greene, Heath Shaw, Josh Kelly, Lachie Whitfield, Nick Haynes, Dylan Shiel and Jeremy Cameron who all received All-Australian honours with the GIANTS before him.

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Kelly was exceptional in the middle part of the season, tapered off towards the end but I would still have him as a favourite for the B&F, I think Cogs will poll well too. I thought Taylor started the year slowly but his second half was completely deserving of AA, the move of HH back seemed to coincide with this and moving fwd building a rock solid defence should be Kingsley's first goal, all the tools are already there just get them to work together.
 

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Well deserved.
I reckon our guys usually take a little longer to get the recognition they deserve. Taylor is certainly a star and is now being discussed as one and Im happy for him.
 

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