Giants early favourites for 2017 flag

The 2016 season may have only just finished, however, the markets are already out for next year’s premiership season.

Despite tasting the ultimate success in 2016, the Western Bulldogs are only second favourite for the flag in 2017, at $5.50 with CrownBet.

After a breakthrough season and a plethora of exuberant young talent, the Greater Western Sydney Giants are favourites to take out next year’s premiership, at just $4.50 just under 12 months out from next year’s Grand Final.

This season’s runners-up, in the Sydney Swans, are on the third line of betting, at $6.50, while Geelong and Adelaide round out the top five, both paying $8.00 to take out next year’s big dance.

After going out in straight sets and missing out on the Grand Final for the first time since 2011, Hawthorn, despite still finishing in the top four and with Jaeger O’Meara, Tom Mitchell and Ty Vickery all set to join the club this trade period, are not expected to be able to bounce back, paying $8.50 for the flag.

Essendon re-signed 10 of its 12 suspended players this season and have the No.1 draft pick and that will be enough to propel the Bombers back into contention for a top eight birth, with the Bombers eight favourite for the flag at $26.

Carlton ($101) and Brisbane ($501) are expected to struggle once again.

AFL Futures odds via Crownbet.