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Behind GWS’ fearless draft approach and rejecting West Coast’s trade offer​

GWS recruiting boss Adrian Caruso has explained the Giants' infatuation with first-round draft bolter Phoenix Gothard.

The eye-opening video, posted to X by GWS' social media team, provides telling insight into the Giants' pre-draft approach to targeting the Murray Bushrangers forward, as well as their consideration of West Coast's competing trade offer.

I think, first and foremost, I'll put it on the table; my order at the moment for our pick is Gothard as the first priority, followed by (James) Leake, (Connor) O'Sullivan, and then a gap to some of these other guys that I think would be backup options at (Pick) 16," Caruso says to his recruiting team.

"The reason I landed on Gothard was I just think he suits us more than anyone think, first and foremost, I'll put it on the table; my order at the moment for our pick is Gothard as the first priority, followed by (James) Leake, (Connor) O'Sullivan, and then a gap to some of these other guys that I think would be backup options at (Pick) 16," Caruso says to his recruiting team.

"The reason I landed on Gothard was I just think he suits us more than anyone. I rate his talent, I think he's as talented as any of these others that we're discussing, but I think positionally he helps us, style of play he helps us [and he] fits us as a club I think, in terms of what we're about and the types of players we bring in on character.

Being a New South Wales boy is an added bonus, but I just think this kid's going to really surprise everyone."

Caruso then goes on to explain GWS' rejection of the Eagles' offer to trade back into the first round.

The other option was the West Coast future first [round pick], which was obviously of appeal," continued Caruso.

"But, working through it for me if we took the West Coast future first offer and we sat at [Pick] 16, we basically are conceding we're not bringing in anything this year of note."

I think externally people might look at it and say 'okay, well why, why are you going that early?' well, we're not comfortable he's going to be there with the next pick.

"This is our talent order. We stick to our talent order. We have such a specific set of things that we're looking for ... the drop-off (in talent) is enormous.

"For me, he's (Gothard's) a 200-game Giants player. We're going to have the best small brigade, our small forwards are going to be unstoppable. That's what I'm banking on."

Dildoro of GWS
 

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The finals this season have been so good it's your loss at this point.
At this stage i dont have an interest in it.

Maybe when my daughter grows up and shows some interest in footy I'll start following it more as its a way for us to share common interests. I've recently reduced my ITW membership to 2 spots as my son is not interested in AFL....he likes rugby though FFS.
 

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I don't subscribe so can only see that what was a 6 month payout for sacked coaches has been uped to 12.


AFL’s rule change around sacked coaches payouts won’t have an impact on West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers

West Coast and Fremantle aren’t set to be affected by new rules around sacking coaches that are reportedly set to be put in place by the AFL.

The Herald Sun is reporting the AFL will double the maximum payments for sacked coaches from six months to 12 under new chief executive Andrew Dillon.

It has previously been reported that the payout clause only applies to the heavily AFL-funded clubs including Greater Western Sydney and St Kilda.


Neither West Coast or Fremantle are one of these clubs.

Eagles coach Adam Simpson, who is under pressure after only five wins in the past two seasons, is locked in until the end of 2025 in what is reported to be a water-tight contract with no payout clause.

It means Simpson will be paid out the full amount he is owed if he is sacked before the deal expires.

West Coast emphatically backed Simpson after months of speculation around his future in a statement last August.

“At the meeting today the Board unanimously agreed that Adam will remain as senior coach,” chairman Paul Fitzpatrick said.

“No one knows our playing list better than Adam and he has already steered us through the first phase of the rebuild. We are confident he can take us forward and take us where we aspire to be.

“Our season came to an end on Saturday night and we finished at the foot of the premiership table. That does not sit well with anyone at the club and we are all aware that there is much work to be done to return as a force in the competition.”

Meanwhile, Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is under similar pressure after the Dockers slipped to 14th this year, 12 months after a return to finals.

Longmuir is out of contract at the end of next season, meaning if the Dockers do sack the former forward he would only be paid out what he is owed on the deal.

Fremantle chief executive Simon Garlick has previous said Longmuir’s contract status heading into 2024 was not a concern.

“He (Longmuir) is contracted for 2024. He has done a terrific job to date. He will focus on us performing as well as we can in 2024 as will everyone else at the club and that is where our focus is for the time being,” Garlick told The West Australian last month.

“At the right time we will work through it, but we won’t be providing a running commentary on that.”
 

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What do you guys think of the Crows as a club?
I know Crows supporters see their club as being like a SA version of the Eagles.
Do you guys reciprocate that feeling by seeing the Eagles as a WA version of the Crows?
 

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