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Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly

Recruited from:
East Brighton (Vic)/Sandringham U18


What is the GIANTS Academy?

In partnership with AFL NSW/ACT, the GIANTS Academy aims to identify, nurture and develop elite athletes in NSW and the ACT.

The Academy offers players individual skill development programs, to mould and better the AFL talent pathway within the club's zone.

The Academy also supports and engages our local communities through health, harmony, education and employment initiatives to build a sustainable fan base, strengthen the brand of the GIANTS and grow the game of AFL throughout the region.

History of the GIANTS Academy

In late 2009, the AFL commission approved a set of list concession rules that gave the GIANTS zoned access to AFL players from NSW, ACT and the Northern Territory.

The Academy was born to provide an improved development pathway for young players within the vast region.

Officially launched at the University of Canberra on February 12, 2011, the Academy has helped nurture players and helped them to achieve their dreams of reaching an AFL list.

There are 10 Regional Centres of Excellence based in Broken Hill, Wentworth, Canberra, Wagga Wagga, Albury, Deniliquin, Griffith, Western Sydney, Orange/Bathurst and the South Coast.

GIANTS Academy Head Coach

In October 2014, former Sydney Swans and Carlton defender Jason Saddington was appointed Manager of the IANTS Academy. 

Saddington, who played 142 AFL games in a career spanning more than a decade, replaced former Essendon player Mark McVeigh who joined the GIANTS as a defensive coach.

Named coach of the 2014 NAB AFL Under-18 All Australian team, Saddington was in charge of the NSW/ACT Rams for three seasons before joining the GIANTS.

GIANTS Academy Graduates

The  Academy has approximately 500 players in its program, aged between 13 and 19 years.

Since 2011, 30 players have been drafted by AFL clubs with 17 having made at least one senior appearance. CLICK HERE for full list of GIANTS Academy Graduates.