Local Talent to Join GIANTS Reserves Squad

The GIANTS have signed 18 of the best next-tier talent from Sydney and Canberra to play alongside our AFL listed players in the Reserves competition.

The club has used the new competition to seek out talented players from across AFL Sydney and AFL Canberra – as well as the club’s Academy – for the 2021 season.

The new-look 16-round season will feature 22 teams from Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, with many of the games to be curtain-raisers to AFL matches.

GIANTS Assistant Coach Luke Kelly – who will coach the Reserves side – said it was a great opportunity for the club to continue to develop local talent.

“We’re really excited to be able to tap into the existing talent in our region and offer opportunities for those players to experience an AFL-level program,” he said.

“We spent a lot of time scouting local clubs and held trials to identify the best of the AFL Sydney and AFL Canberra competitions.

“Our senior Academy players will continue to be heavily integrated into our Reserves program, while all 20 of these players will be in and around the club on a weekly basis.

“We’re excited to be able to offer a development opportunity for all of these players and are looking forward to watching them run out in the GIANTS jumper in season 2021.”

GIANTS Reserves Listed Players

Cam Edwards East Coast/GIANTS Academy
Xavier Barry-Murphy UTS
Kel Evans Camden Cats
Billy Clark Eastlake/GIANTS Academy
Alex Smout Eastlake
Matt McGrory Gunghalin/GIANTS Academy
Rhys Pollock Queanbeyan/GIANTS Academy
James Peatling Pennant Hills/GIANTS Academy
Tim Garvey UTS
Lleyton Chisolm Ainslie
Matt Ackland Ainslie
Nathan Smith North Shore
Lucas Lam Inner West Magpies
Zach Youlten Manly Wolves
Liam Ross UNSW
Josh Boag Pennant Hills
Kyle Veerhius Camden Cats
Josh Lee UTS


The first two rounds of the competition have been released with the GIANTS to open their season against the Swans at Tramway Oval (outside the SCG) ahead of the Sydney Derby on April 17,

The GIANTS will then take on Footscray in round two at Blacktown International Sportspark on Thursday, April 22.

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The finalised dates and times for the remaining rounds will be announced in due course.

All GIANTS home games in Sydney from round eight will feature a reserves match as a curtain-raiser.