GWS are reportedly looking to use pick 2 in the National Draft to bid on Western Bulldogs father-son prospect Sam Darcy.
The Giants rate Darcy incredibly highly and are keen to make the Dogs pay full price should they wish to land the son of former 226-gamer Luke Darcy. If the Giants do opt to put a bid in for Darcy it is expected that the Bulldogs will match that bid.
That will force GWS' opening selection back to pick 3 in the draft.
The domino effect of this play from the Giants may work in favour of Collingwood, with a bid for their own father-son prospect, Nick Daicos, not coming until pick four.
Jon Ralph of the Herald Sun is reporting that North Melbourne have their heart set on using the first selection of the 2021 draft on South-Australian Jason Horne-Francis and won't be bidding on Daicos.
The report goes on to state that clubs believe the Giants will turn their attention to Sandringham Dragon Finn Callaghan with their first selection.
A report in The Age states that the Giants will draft Callaghan, along with his long-time friend Blake Howes with their first two pick on draft night in an attempt to subside some homesickness as well as keep the mates together.
The duo are keen to remain teammates if possible and the Giants are aware of this and have the capital to possibly make it happen with picks 2 and 13 (before father-son nominations).
Callaghan and Howes go way back, having attended kindergarten, primary school, and high school together at St Bede’s College in Mentone. They have also played football alongside each other in juniors.
The strategy of recruiting mates together when bringing them across state borders is one that the Gold coast have turned to in recent times.
They drafted Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson with picks 1 and 2 in the 2019 National Draft. The pair have been best mates since childhood and look at home together in the "sunshine state".
They did the same but to a lesser extent when drafting South Australian's Izak Rankine and Jack Lukosius in the 2018 draft. The duo isn't as close as Rowell and Anderson but had played representative football together.