CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12: Dylan Shiel and Adam Treloar of the Giants celebrate a goal during the round seven AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Gold Coast Suns at Manuka Oval on May 12, 2012 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A list so stacked with talent and a multitude of young Victorians, it’s tough to retain all of them.

GWS have been no stranger to that concept over the years, and have had to deal with a range of exits – some of whom have gone on to bigger and better things after seeking greener pastures elsewhere.

Here are the 10 best players that GWS have lost since their introduction into the competition.


10. Tom Boyd

The number one draft pick requested a trade from the Giants after his first year at the club in 2014, joining the Bulldogs on a seven-year deal.

The 23-year-old well and truly came of age in the 2016 finals series, in particular the Grand Final. Boyd was instrumental in bringing the Bulldogs their second ever premiership, with a memorable final quarter goal sealing the deal.

Had the Giants – who came agonisingly close to a Grand Final birth – held onto Boyd, then there’s a good chance that their fortunes would have been completely different.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 21: Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron presents number one draft pick Thomas Boyd with the GWS guernsey during the 2013 NAB AFL Draft on November 21, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)