SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 10: Lachie Whitfield of the Giants is tackled by Jarrad McVeigh of the Swans during the 2016 AFL First Qualifying Final match between the Sydney Swans and the GWS Giants at ANZ Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Giants set to lose draft picks over Whitfield scandal

Greater Western Sydney stand to lose early draft picks as well as star player Lachie Whitfield as part of the final damning conclusion to the 18-month drug saga.

Fairfax reports the AFL is looking to strip the club of two early draft picks, possibly a first and second-round selection in national draft on November 25, with the cases against Whitfield and two former club officials likely to be ratified at the AFL Commission meeting early next week.

Fairfax Media believes the Giants could lose selections 15 and 37 in this year’s draft.

GWS traded down to pick two in the draft to secure a top-end talent and still have sufficient points with later picks to claim highly rated draft prospects Will Setterfield and Harry Perryman.

It is understood the Giants were mindful during the trade period to not only secure sufficient points from early draft picks but also to safeguard those points with enough picks in the event of an AFL sanction over the Whitfield affair.

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