MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Lachie Whitfield, Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto of the Giants look dejected after losing the round 9 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Marvel Stadium on May 15, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

GWS may risk losing either Tim Taranto or Jacob Hopper depending on pending contracts.

Reporter Tom Browne revealed on Triple M Footy this afternoon that due to recent contract issues the Giants may be forced to lose either Taranto or Hopper at the end of the year.

Taranto is out of contract at the end of the 2022 campaign, with the Giants perhaps being forced to move on Hopper in order to afford Taranto's contract.

The club could be forced to pick between the two midfield bulls as they weigh up their next major contract call.

"Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper are both in theory available," Browne said. "It's either or"

"If Taranto falls out, Hopper will stay, if they re-sign Taranto, Hopper will go"

Taranto has previously expressed his interest in staying with the Giants past the 2022 campaign, with the 24-year-old stating his love for Sydney and his wishes to remain a one-club player.

"I love this club so much; I love everyone here and I love Sydney; I prefer it to Melbourne," Taranto said.

"Hopefully, it works out that I can be a one-club player and stay up in Sydney for the rest of my life."

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 17: Tim Taranto poses during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL portrait session on January 17, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

The Giants have already lost numerous Victorian players to their southern border in years gone by. Dylan Shiel, Adam Treloar, Jeremy Cameron, Zac Williams, Aidan Corr and Taylor Adams are only some of the players that have landed moves away Sydney in the last few seasons, with Taranto likely to be added to the list if a contract agreement cannot be met.

Hopper is a BNew South Wales-born product, however moved to Ballarat and plied his trade for the North Ballarat Rebels prior to being drafted to the Giants. The 25-year-old still has one year left on his contract.

Hopper has played 108 games, kicking 40 goals, while Taranto has played 107 games for GWS kicking 47 goals.