With pick 44 in the 2023 AFL Draft, the GIANTS have selected West Australian Joe Fonti.
The key details:
State: Western Australia
Drafted from: Western Australia | Claremont FC
Position: Medium defender
Date of Birth: 24/12/2004
Bio: A medium defender who flourished after being moved from the midfield, Fonti’s form for Claremont in the WAFL saw him added to Western Australia’s state team where his intercept marking and dash from defence were highlights across his three games. A great athlete for his size, Fonti’s 20m sprint time of 2.88 seconds ranked him first among all players at the three State Draft Combines, while his 7.97 second agility test time placed him second overall.
What National Recruiting Manager Adrian Caruso says: “Joe grew as the year went on at Claremont and is someone that shows traits that suit the way we play. He is a really proactive and confident type of half-back but also has intercept marking capabilities that separate him from other similar types.”