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Pocket Profile: Jeremy Finlayson

Get to know more about GIANTS rebounding defender Jeremy Finlayson.

9:39am  Apr 19, 2018

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Jeremy
Finlayson

Height
196 cm
DOB
09-02-1996
Weight
93 kg
Debut
2017
Games
2019
10
Career
25
Goals
2019
22
Career
26
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
738
Avg
74
JeremyFinlayson

PLAYER BIO

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Culcairn
Debut: 2017
Recruited from: Culcairn (NSW)/Sydney Hills (NSW)
Brownlow Votes: -
Community Ambassador: Ingleburn

Social Media

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@jezzafinlayson

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@jezzafinlayson31

PLAYER BIO

Jeremy Finlayson grew up in Culcairn in southern NSW and was drafted from the GIANTS Academy. Is athletic and balanced but also possesses a high degree of mobility. A raw prospect, Finlayson continued to develop in his first two years at the club before making his debut in round 15, 2017. Finlayson played 14 games in 2018, impressing particularly in the early parts of the season. As a proud Aboriginal man, he is on the club’s RAP committee.

The athletic defender started the year in a blaze of glory and was one of the form half-backs of the competition, with his closing speed and booming left foot making him a key part of the GIANTS’ backline. But Finlayson’s form and confidence fell away sharply and he was dropped after round nine, played just five more games for the season and was overlooked for both finals. If he has a decent summer, Finlayson has the physical tools to be a star.

The athletic defender starred in the NEAFL early last year and averaged more than 25 disposals a game before eventually forcing his way into the senior side to make his debut against Geelong in round 15. Finlayson looked composed across half-back, but suffered a knee injury which took him out of the game before half-time and sidelined him for the next month. Has a quality left-foot kick and with a big summer should push for another senior opportunity early in the season.

The Academy product had a fantastic season in defence for the reserves and won the club's NEAFL Development Award. Finlayson provides great run from the back half and has a quality left foot and should push for senior selection this season. Showed in the club's NEAFL premiership win that he has the temperament to be successful at AFL level and a big pre-season shoould put him in the frame come the start of the pre-season competition.

The Academy product overcame a slow start to the season after hip surgery to show why the GIANTS drafted him in 2014. Settled into the NEAFL side in defence and finished in the best players regularly towards the end of the season. With a full pre-season and the confidence he gained suring the NEAFL finals, the dashing defender could be a chance to get a taste of senior football this year.

Developing young tall who was taken by the GIANTS with their second academy selection. Tall, athletic left-footer who uses
the ball well and can play in a variety of positions. Had some hip injury issues before the Draft Combine which delayed his first AFL pre-season. Probably a project player at this stage.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 10
    • Kicks 10.6
    • Handballs 2.6
    • Disposals 13.2
    • Marks 5.5
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.6
    • Goals 2.2
    • AFL Fantasy 73.8

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 16 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
Handballs 5 Sydney Swans Rd 6
Disposals 19 West Coast Eagles Rd 2
Marks 9 Melbourne Rd 10
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Carlton Rd 9
Goals 5 Carlton Rd 9
AFL Fantasy 96 Hawthorn Rd 8

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 8 1 9 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 43
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 16 3 19 7 0 1 1 1 0 0 77
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 12 3 15 5 0 2 1 2 5 1 95
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 11 1 12 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 69
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 8 2 10 5 0 0 0 3 3 2 75
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 9 5 14 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 58
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 7 1 8 4 0 0 0 1 2 0 51
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 14 3 17 9 0 0 1 1 3 2 96
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 9 3 12 3 0 3 0 4 5 1 92
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 12 4 16 9 0 0 0 1 1 1 82
11 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
13 North Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 7 - L: 3 106 26 132 55 0 7 3 16 22 9 738

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 25
    • Kicks 10.7
    • Handballs 3.9
    • Disposals 14.6
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.3
    • Goals 1.0
    • AFL Fantasy 62.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 21 Collingwood Rd 2, 2018
Handballs 8 West Coast Eagles Rd 8, 2018
Disposals 25 Fremantle Rd 4, 2018
Marks 9 Melbourne Rd 10, 2019
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 4 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Goals 5 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
AFL Fantasy 96 Hawthorn Rd 8, 2019

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 106 26 132 55 0 7 3 16 22 9 738
2018 GWS Giants 161 68 229 55 0 9 22 14 4 1 808
2017 GWS Giants 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 20

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

History

Draft History

2014 NAB AFL Draft GWS GIANTS Academy selection (GIANTS) No.85 overall

Player Honours

NEAFL Awards

NEAFL Premiership 2016

CLUB AWARDS

GIANTS NEAFL Player of the Year 2016