Hard work starts as GWS announces squads

GREATER Western Sydney continues to offer a pathway to the big time with its southern NSW development squads.

The Giants, who have eight players from NSW-ACT on their senior list, including Border exports Anthony Miles and Sam Schulz, announced their under-18, under-16 and under-15 squads yesterday.

Those players will now have the chance to make the GWS academy.

“The hard work starts now,” academy manager Lachlan Buszard said.

“Players will need to make sure that they put in the work throughout the January school holidays because as they are now competing for spots in the academy selection trials which are in February and March.”

Albury Tigers, who were well represented in all age groups, have seven players in the under-18 squad.

Other clubs well represented overall are Lavington, the Wagga Tigers, Temora and North Wagga.

“This year we had our first two academy players make it onto the Giants list,” said Buszard, who visited the Border on Wednesday.

“We have eight players from NSW-ACT playing for the Giants.

“Our programs, in partnership with AFL NSW/ACT, will continue to provide opportunities for NSW-based players.”

The academy, which features players from across the regions of Western Sydney, Riverina, Murray and ACT/South Coast, forms part of the selection process for the NSW/ACT Rams side for the under-18 national championships.