GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Eddie McGuire looks on during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

McGuire calls on AFL to leave GWS out of next two drafts

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has called on the AFL to leave Greater Western Sydney out of the national draft for the next two years.

McGuire told Triple M Radio on Tuesday that he would be happy for the Giants to keep their academy selections, however, believes they should sit out the next two drafts in order to ensure the competition remains even.

“I’m not anti the academies, but I reckon at the moment what the AFL could do – I’m throwing one from left-field here – is if you left GWS out of the draft for the next two years but give them access to the academy players that they have got,” McGuire said.

“There is one kid down at Melbourne Grammar who might have driven through the Riverina once, but he’s going to be in their academy next year. So let them have those players.

“And then allow Brisbane – give them a priority pick – sort them out. Then what that means is  those extra players go into the draft, so teams like Richmond and teams towards the bottom of the ladder now can get some good recruits in the next couple of years and that will just even it up and then away we go.”

The Giants fell just one kick short of the Grand Final this season, just five years after joining the AFL and look destined to become a powerhouse of the competition given the plethora of young talent at their disposal.