With pick 17 in the 2023 AFL Draft, the GIANTS have selected Tasmanian James Leake.
The key details:
Drafted from: Tasmanian Devils | Launceston FC
Date of Birth: 2/10/2005
Bio: The versatile Tasmanian has been a surprise packet across the year and shown he can play in a range of different positions, having impressed across all three lines in 2023. He was a huge factor in Tasmania's push to the Coates Talent League preliminary final and was also named an All-Australian after the Allies' title win. He kicked five goals late in the season with the Devils and has spring in his legs to fly for marks but can also set up the play across half-back.
What National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso says: “James has shown his ability to play everywhere this year and we see him as being that genuine utility who can impact wherever needed. He was too hard to pass up given his selfless yet desperate competitive nature, so we feel he will fit in well with our current group.”