The Giants’ bid to dig themselves out of an early-season gap is now a lot harder, with All-Australian defender Nick Haynes out of Saturday evening’s conflict with Fremantle in Perth.
Haynes hasn’t recovered sufficiently from an ankle damage he sustained in final week’s victory over Gold Coast –which adopted consecutive defeats to begin the 12 months – however is hopeful of lacking only one match.
The 29-year-old additionally sat out of Greater Western Sydney’s season opener with a abdomen difficulty, so it’s been a stop-start marketing campaign so far for one in every of coach Leon Cameron’s most necessary gamers.
It’s one other blow for the Giants’ embattled backline, which is already with out Phil Davis and Jack Buckley, whereas Toby Greene, Jacob Hopper and Brent Daniels are additionally out.
“We’re disappointed ‘Haynesy’ hasn’t got up (but) we expect he’s going to put his name up for selection next week,” Cameron mentioned.
“He rolled his ankle and it just hasn’t come up in time. Clearly, he’s got to go through a fitness test next week to see if he’s right, but we’re pretty confident he’s going to be OK for round 5.”
Key ahead Jake Riccardi replaces Haynes as the one change from the spherical 3 facet after spending every week within the VFL, whereas Braydon Preuss retained the No.1 ruck function over Matt Flynn, who’s an emergency.
“Jake has had a really good summer. He was disappointed in his performance against Richmond but he wasn’t on his own there,” Cameron mentioned.
“He’s a good, young lad who is working through his craft as a key forward.
“We feel he’s got a lot to offer, especially in that forward role, but equally up on the wing and as a chop-out in the ruck. He’s become a really flexible player for us.”
The Giants try to affix the Dockers on two wins and so they beat them at Perth Stadium as lately as two years in the past.
The contest doubles as spearhead Jesse Hogan’s first sport in opposition to Fremantle, and at Perth Stadium, since he crossed to GWS within the 2020 commerce interval.
“Jesse’s had two games in a row now and the ultimate aim for him is to play as much footy as he possibly can,” Cameron mentioned.
“There will be a few nerves, because it’s the first time he gets to play against his old team, but we feel as though he’s in good shape and he’s building on his game.
“We love what he did last week and we’re confident he always offers us a big target and the longer he can stay out there, the better off we’re going to be.”