Another off-season of change has GWS facing several seasons of mediocrity as they once again place youth as their priority and slowly work themselves back into premiership contention.
The Giants saw a quartet of key names leave the club in favour of moves to Victorian sides through their trade and free agency window, seeing orange and charcoal take another step backwards in their pursuit of a maiden premiership.
Jarrod Brander (delisted), Tanner Bruhn (Geelong Cats), Matt de Boer (retired), Bobby Hill (Collingwood Magpies), Jacob Hopper (Richmond Tigers), Zach Sproule (delisted), Jake Stein (Gold Coast Suns), Tim Taranto (Richmond Tigers)
Here we assess the Giants' list and name their best 23 ahead of the 2023 season.
The Giants are home to an impressive and deep defensive group heading into the season, with their attack and midfield groups often taking the brunt of the rival interest.
Home to All-Australian key defender Sam Taylor, the Giants will again heavily rely on the lockdown backman on their last line this year.
The Giants also have plenty of medium and small-sized options to run the ball out of the defensive arc, with none better than Isaac Cumming at negating his opponent before hurting them with his ability to rebound and kickstart attacks with his ball movement.
Swingman Harry Himmelberg may also be deployed into Kingsley's defence when required, but looms likely to start the new season in attack,
With a number of holes opening up in GWS' midfield, expected Green to take hs game to new heights as he looks to impress with his contested ball-winning nous.
Like the aforementioned Whitfield and Ash, veteran Callan Ward will likely rotate through the middle of the field as he looks to offer experience and depth.
Jacob Wehr showed signs last year of his ability at AFL level, rotating through all three lines to be a versatile addition, while draftee Darcy Jones will need to add some size before being thrown into the selection mix as an outside midfield option.
The Giants' ruck setup is intriguing one, with the club struggling to cement their ideal structure in recent seasons. Braydon Preuss looks to be their first-string option, with either Matthew Flynn or Kieren Briggs offering a helping hand.
Both injury and suspension to Preuss opened the door for his supporting talls to get minutes in 2022, with Briggs also able to be utilised as a tall target at either end of the field.
While the Giants' midfield saw a number of key names head for the exit, their forward line has been bolstered in more ways than one since the end of last season.
No.1 pick Aaron Cadman is an exciting new addition for the Giants, with the GWV Rebels tall potentially in line to make his debut this year as he develops as a key forward.
Bedford will look to work in tandem with star forward Toby Greene as the dual threats in attack, while Xavier O'Halloran, James Peatling, Daniel Lloyd and Brent Daniels also press their case among the small forward pack.
Adding to the list of taller targets alongside Cadman are first-string forward Jesse Hogan and versatile talent Harry Himmelberg, who will look to hold down the fort in 2023.
Irishman Callum Brown has impressed with stints in the forward 50, with the 188cm utility able to roam into the attacking third and have an impact on the scoreboard.
B: Isaac Cumming, Sam Taylor, Connor Idun
HB: Lachie Whitfield, Nick Haynes, Lachie Ash
C: Josh Kelly, Tom Green, Finn Callaghan
HF: Toby Greene, Harry Himmelberg, Callan Ward
FF: Aaron Cadman, Jesse Hogan, Toby Bedford
Foll: Braydon Preuss, Stephen Coniglio, Harry Perryman
I/C: Matt Flynn, Jake Riccardi, Daniel Lloyd, James Peatling
SUB: Jacob Wehr