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The Daily Telegraph’s annual glossy footy bible is back and bigger than ever!

Get 132 pages packed with must-read player stories, SuperCoach tips plus every player and every club rated for 2022.

It even features a page on the state of community footy and coaching in NSW and the ACT! (See below.)



What to expect in Footy22…

  • – Sydney superstar Buddy Franklin is on the cusp of goal kicking greatness, joining the exclusive 1000-goal club.
  • – Gun Toby Greene teams up with Stephen Coniglio and Josh Kelly to spearhead formidable GIANTS leadership.
  • – Demon superstar Christian Petracca on how love played an important role in his premiership winning form and how he’s hungry for more in 2022.
  • – Everyone loves a comeback story. The legendary Michael Voss was on the coaching scrap heap and now he has another chance at the big time, leading Cartlon up the ladder.
  • – Bulldog fan favourite Bailey Smith leads the AFL’s young excitement machines and sits on top of the Instagram ladder.



  • – AFL 360 co-host Mark Robinson joins the Fox Footy experts for the Fox Footy Verdict on every team.
  • – Footy’s pre-eminent analyst David King dissects the season ahead like no other and a Crystal Ball with plenty of surprises.


FOOTY22 is a magazine for all football fans and for all clubs.

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Sydney Swans previewed

By David King

The Swans are in the premiership race, largely because they have the best players aged under 23 in the competition, and by a sizeable margin.

Errol Gulden, Braeden Campbell, Chad Warner and Justin McInerney were all nominations for the NAB Rising Star last season, while James Rowbottom, Sam Wicks, Nick Blakey, Logan McDonald and Tom McCartin continued to learn their craft.

The Swans exposed these nine players to 145 games between them last season. Only injury denied them more game time, except for McDonald, with whom they are being patient.
Their game style has undergone enormous change in recent seasons. They are no longer a “park the bus”-style defensive outfit.

They now have ball movement assets that allow them to challenge the very best teams, recording a six-win, three-loss ratio against top eight teams last year.

It’s not lost on Longmire, nor the rest of the competition, that the preliminary finalists ranked top four for contested possession differential.

The Swans were 12th and this has been an off-season focus — get tougher.



GIANTS previewed

By David King

Are the GIANTS the “jack of all trades, master of none” or a seriously tough football team that simply needs to add cream to the contest?

All their success indicators have been hit hard by the lack of player availability through injury over the past two to three seasons, but that is about to deliver an upside.

Leon Cameron has been forced to generate the next wave of talent ahead of time, indicating the Giants aren’t far from another premiership tilt.

Sam Taylor, Jacob Hopper, Tim Taranto, Isaac Cumming, Brent Daniels and Tom Green are ready to assume more control and responsibility.

Taylor is one of the most exciting young defenders in the competition — an intercepting phenomenon who always takes the opposition’s best key forward, from Lance Franklin to Bayley Fritsch. Cameron can build around this bona fide star — who will be a multiple All-Australian — for the next decade.