GWS Giants restricted to Next Generation Academy talent in Albury/Murray region

CHANGE MADE: Albury's Will Setterfield was a GWS Giants academy selection.
CHANGE MADE: Albury's Will Setterfield was a GWS Giants academy selection.

The AFL has officially confirmed the cuts to Greater Western Sydney's academy zone.

The changes had been flagged last week by Fairfax Media following a push from rival clubs to strip the Giants of what they perceived to be an unfair advantage.

A statement released by the AFL said the Giants would be restricted to Next Generation Academy talent in the Albury/Murray region.

The league will also restrict the number of top 20 players who can be drafted as academy selections by finalists.

Top-four teams will be limited to just one matched bid in the top 20 of a draft, with clubs finishing fifth to eight allowed two such players.

"The Albury/Murray region covers Albury and NSW towns along the Murray River to the South Australian border,” the AFL said.

"The amendment was recommended following a review of the Giants' club academy zones, and the wider rules regarding player access from club academies.”

The changes are effective immediately.