GWS take “calculated risk” to snare exciting draft slider

SEN - Tue, 27th Nov 2018 - 0 Comments

GWS National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso says the Giants were more than happy to trade up in order to snare draft slider Ian Hill in last week’s National Draft.

The Giants traded to secure the exciting young forward with pick 24, who is the cousin of Fremantle pair Stephen and Brad Hill.

AFL Academy coach Luke Power described the WA product as “the most talented player left in the draft” after he was overlooked in the first round and the Giants were thrilled to pounce at 24.

“He’s obviously a player that we rated very highly through the process and our overall talent order,” Caruso told SEN Breakfast.

“When we reassessed on Friday morning and had a good chat about what our possibilities might be, we just saw the opportunity to trade up and just get him and eliminate the chance for anyone else to pick him.

“Hopefully the fact that he’s slid and some of these clubs have passed on him, he’s got a point to prove, because we’ve seen his talent since Under 16 level – he was talked up with Izak Rankine in that same bracket.

“For us we were pretty happy to take some risks and we think trading up to get Ian was a pretty calculated risk.”

Along with Hill, GWS were able to secure Jye Caldwell (Pick 11), Jackson Hately (Pick 14), Xavier O’Halloran (Pick 22), Kieren Briggs (Pick 34) and Connor Idun (Pick 61) via the draft.