The young star was suspended for six months last November for breaching AFL rules and will not be eligible to return until round eight this year. Whitfield had a fine season in 2016, gathering 433 possessions at an average of 20.6 in 21 games. In the club's first finals campaign, he starred in the win over the Sydney Swans, with his foot skills and hard running as a standout.
Had 30-plus possessions in three of his first eight appearances and looked set for a big year in 2015, but his form dropped away significantly after the mid-season break. Always uses the ball beautifully by hand or foot and will no doubt be a stronger player this year after another pre-season in the weights room. Spent most of 2015 on the wing and will be looking for more opportunities through the midfield is his inside game continues to develop. Needs to find the scoreboard more often to make use of his brilliant foot skills.
Lighting up the GIANTS with his skill and disposal efficiency in his rookie campaign, injuries made for a more difficult follow-up in 2014. After playing the opening two games, he spent a month on the sidelines with a foot issue. Showing an improved ability to get forward, he kicked three goals against Fremantle in round 17 before a shoulder injury ended his year. Despite his fitness troubles, averaged 21 touches and six marks in his 11 games.
By any estimation Whitfield lived up to his tag as the competition’s No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft, lining up in round one and making 19 appearances in his rookie campaign in 2013. Showing a toughness that belied his slight frame, Whitfield’s pinpoint kicking was a highlight of the GIANTS’ season. He ended the year averaging 17.5 touches and better than five marks.
GWS was armed with the No. 1 overall pick for the second consecutive year and classy midfielder Whitfield was the unanimous choice. Blessed with speed, endurance and plenty of skill, the teenager will add some extra polish to the GIANTS' talent-laden midfield. Also strong overhead, Whitfield appears tailor-made for senior action in 2013.