AFL News: GWS new senior coach Adam Kingsley gave the strongest indication the game style will change in 2023.
At his opening press conference of the 2023 pre-season Kingsley repeated on several occasions he wants to implement a “faster” and “exciting” brand of footy.
The Giants finished 16th on the 2022 AFL ladder recording 6 wins (Win Pct: 27.3%).
Kingsley was announced as senior coach in late August.
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Kingsley stated that one of the key objectives over pre-season was “educating a game plan that might be slightly different”.
He added that covering the ground “with some speed” along with some positional moves were being discussed.
2022 GWS Season
Disposals: 364.3 (Rank 8)
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One of the players Kingsley mentioned was Lachie Whitefield and where he best suits the new game style although he wasn’t able to provide any further information on any specific role.
Whitfield has previously played across half-back and on a wing if required and even forward under Leon Cameron.
2022 Top Average Disposals
26.7 Josh Kelly
25.5 Tim Tranto
24.9 Stephen Coniglio
Fantasy Impact: The Giants could see a reduction in team disposals in 2023 under Kingsley.
A pressure and speed type game can lead to inconsistent scores through the midfield, a ball retention type game style is likely out the window at the Giants now.
As new coach Kingsley likely provides opportunities for new roles and with a stack of highly talented draftees there could be a few season long fantasy targets at Round 1.
Expect midfield roles to settle down with the departures of Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto.
Tom Green should do most of the grunt work as an inside midfielder.
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