The GIANTS have added athletic key forward Wade Derksen to their list at the 2022 NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft.

Heading into the draft on Wednesday night, the GIANTS became eligible to select a player after young defender Josh Fahey was placed on the long-term injury list following shoulder surgery this week.

With pick five, the GIANTS selected versatile forward Wade Derksen.

Originally from Darwin, Derksen grew up playing for the Nightcliff Tigers, where his father played more than 200 games before making the move to Victoria.

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Mid-Season Draftee: Wade Derksen

Just a taste of action from the GIANTS' NAB Mid-Season Draftee, Wade Derksen.

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At 197cm, the key position player signed with Peel Thunder this year after an injury interrupted and COVID affected stint in Essendon's VFL program before returning to Nightcliff in the Northern Territory.

The 20-year-old has played only three league games in the WAFL but caught the eyes of recruiters when he kicked four goals from 22 disposals and seven marks against West Coast.

GIANTS National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso said:

“Wade is an exciting tall prospect who has shone for Peel in the WAFL this year after limited football in the last two years. 

“He has an attractive athletic profile and enormous upside given his lack of exposure. He has developed in the forward-line this year but has also shown glimpses he can play behind the ball as well. 

“Wade has shown a great desire to further his footy as evidenced by his move to the VFL in 2020 and WAFL in 2022 and it’s great that has paid off for him.”

Derksen will join his new teammates when they return to training following their mid-season break on Friday.