Giants get their man Tom Green


Son of a gun: Tom Green’s father Michael flies high for Richmond in 1969.Credit:The Age

A big-bodied midfielder, Green, if he was drafted by many other clubs, would be earmarked to play round one though he faces stiff competition at the Giants in senior stars Callan Ward and Stephen Coniglio and young guns Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper.

Despite being a member of the Giants academy, Green’s allegiances on grand final day were with the Tigers, the club with whom his grandfather Michael Green won four flags and is a member of their team of the century.

“I’ve always been a Richmond supporter,” Green said. “Having said that I’ve had a lot to do with GWS the last couple of years. I’d have been stoked for them if they had won as well. It was bitter sweet.”

The Giants gave up picks 41, 56, 59, 67 and 71 and have gone into major deficit for points in next year’s draft. They had already traded two first-round picks (this year’s number six and a future first in 2020) to Adelaide in order to move up to four so they could recruit a high-end teenager before any bid came in for Green.

That player was fleet-footed defensive playmaker Lachlan Ash, who has drawn comparisons to Giants star Lachie Whitfield.

Ash has modelled his game on the Giants’ All Australian playmaker, whom he has watched play live just to better understand how he played.

Blooded: Dylan Stephens was snapped up by the Sydney Swans.

Blooded: Dylan Stephens was snapped up by the Sydney Swans.Credit:Getty Images

The Swans also chose not to bid for Green, instead drafting Stephens, an athletic midfielder capable of playing on the inside and outside.

Stephens had been unsure if he would stay home with Adelaide or move to Sydney to join former schoolmate Will Hayward.

He may, however, need to invest in a travel guide to learn more about his new home.

“I know bugger all, I’ve got the Sydney Harbour Bridge and that’s about it,” Stephens, who has also lived in Mildura and Melbourne, joked.

“The idea of moving away was exciting for me.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things from Will about the great lifestyle, we’ll see how it unfolds.”

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