SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 25: GWS Giants head coach Leon Cameron poses with the number two draft pick TIm Taranto of the GWS Giants during the 2016 AFL Draft at Hordern Pavilion on November 25, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Giants to be stripped of first-round draft pick

The GWS Giants will lose their first round draft selection this season after the league confirmed the news on Friday night.

Following the incident involving Lachie Whitfield and his evasion of a drug test over two years ago, the midfielder was banned for six-months and the Giants were fined $100,000 and 1000 draft points.

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The 1000 points equate to a late first round pick this season, and as it stands, GWS would have the 17th pick in the 2017 National Draft.

AFL spokesman Patrick Keane confirmed on Friday the Giants could not bundle up later picks that add up to 1000 points, meaning they’ll have to give up pick 17.

Brisbane will likely be the beneficiaries of the Giants’ loss, with the Lions poised to receive pick one, meaning they’ll also receive the 18th pick, and potentially even an end of first round priority pick.

Despite losing their first round pick it doesn’t mean the Giants cannot trade back up into the opening round of the draft, with GWS currently fielding offers for several players.

Josh Kelly is the biggest Giant who is being looked at by other clubs, although Jacob Hopper and Devon Smith could both be on their way to Victoria at the end of the season.

Hopper is the subject of interest from at least four Victorian clubs, while Smith is reportedly being looked at by Collingwood, Geelong and Richmond.

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