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Co-captain Phil Davis has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension that will see him in the orange and charcoal until the end of 2021.

11:17am  Mar 14, 2018

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Phil
Davis

Height
197 cm
DOB
30-08-1990
Weight
96 kg
Debut
2010
Games
2019
14
Career
157
Goals
2019
1
Career
7
2019 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
943
Avg
67
PhilDavis

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: St Peters College (SA)
Debut: 2010
Recruited From: North Adelaide (SA)/Adelaide
Brownlow Votes:
 1
Community Ambassador: Penrith

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PLAYER BIO

Canberra-born Phil Davis has been co-captain of the GIANTS since arriving at the club as one of the first uncontracted players to sign with the GIANTS after being drafted to the Adelaide Crows. The key defender had a number of injury-interrupted years early in his career (including a serious kidney injury in 2014) but has got his body right in recent years to play his most consistent football. Intelligent both on and off the field, Davis has built a reputation as one of the most impressive media talents in the game. Away from football, he studies business at Sydney University.

The co-captain consolidated his place among the competition’s best key defenders with another quality season on and off the field. Davis finished third in the Kevin Sheedy Medal for the second successive year after recording career-best totals for possessions, marks and rebound 50s, and achieved his pre-season goal of making himself more impactful when his team had the ball. An outstanding leader, Davis’ performance to blanket Swans superstar Lance Franklin in the elimination final win at the SCG was his standout game of season. With Davis fit and in form, the GIANTS’ backline has a strong pillar to build around and he will again be a key to their premiership chances this year.

After years battling his body, 2017 was the co-captain’s second consecutive season where he played 20-plus games for the GIANTS and it culminated with a podium finish behind Josh Kelly and Callan Ward in the Kevin Sheedy Medal. Davis took on forwards such as Lance Franklin, Jack Riewoldt, Charlie Dixon and Tom Lynch and was rarely beaten, but he also added flexibility to his game by playing on smaller opponents or as a loose man in the back half. With Aidan Corr and Adam Tomlinson alongside him, Davis will be looking to elevate his role again this year by finding more of the footy offensively, while maintaining his presence as the cornerstone of the GIANTS defence.

Apart from one minor hamstring issue mid-year, the co-captain had his best season in the AFL, playing 21 games in defence. Davis took on the opposition’s best big forward each week and was rarely beaten and would have been in All-Australian contention in the first half of the year. Was one of the few backmen to get the better of Swans star Lance Franklin, keeping him goalless in the GIANTS’ qualifying final win at ANZ Stadium. A fantastic leader, Davis should be coming into his prime and is a vital part of the push towards a premiership.

It was another season of frustration for Davis due to two significant injuries that ruined the second half of the year. The co-captain was in terrific form until an ankle injury against Collingwood in round 11 forced him to miss the next five games. Returned in round 18, but went down with a severe hamstring strain in round 20 and missed the rest of the season after having surgery. The key defender needs to play 20-plus games if the GIANTS are any chance of playing finals.

With Heath Shaw and Josh Hunt recruited to help out in defence after a tough couple of years for the co-captain, Davis had high hopes for 2014. It started well, getting the better of Sydney star Lance Franklin in round one, but a ruptured kidney suffered in that game ruined his season and jeopardised his career. Sidelined for three months, he returned in round 13 and featured in 10 of the final 11 matches. Surely the key defender is due some luck this season.

The only GIANT to play every game in 2012, Davis was struck down by a back injury last season, forcing him to sit out nine games
 in the middle of the year. It naturally affected his form and the 23-year-old will be hoping to get back to his best this year. He will benefit greatly from the defensive reinforcements that have come on board during the off-season.

Davis was the first uncontracted player to join GWS and it proved a wise recruiting decision. The key defender was the only GIANT to appear in all 22 games in year one. It was a steep learning curve for Davis, who was asked to defend some of the AFL's best forwards week after week. But he deserved his co-captaincy in the club's first year, accepting his role with no fuss and showing improvement across the season.

The former Adelaide defender was the first uncontracted player to announce he was joining the GIANTS and has relished his move to Sydney. At 197cm, Davis possesses terrific size and also has leadership qualities. Sure to be a defensive mainstay for many years to come.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played 14
    • Kicks 9.1
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 14.1
    • Marks 7.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 2.1
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 67.4

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 17 Carlton Rd 9
Handballs 8 Melbourne Rd 10
Disposals 21 Carlton Rd 9
Marks 13 Carlton Rd 9
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 6 Geelong Cats Rd 4
Goals 1 Essendon Rd 15
AFL Fantasy 95 Carlton Rd 9

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Essendon W 112 - 40 7 5 12 4 0 3 0 3 0 0 58
2 West Coast Eagles L 104 - 52 5 2 7 2 0 3 1 0 0 0 25
3 Richmond W 125 - 76 11 4 15 7 0 1 0 3 0 0 75
4 Geelong Cats W 75 - 79 7 8 15 8 0 1 1 6 0 0 83
5 Fremantle L 82 - 106 7 8 15 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 74
6 Sydney Swans W 79 - 120 - - - - - - - - - - -
7 St Kilda W 114 - 70 - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Hawthorn L 71 - 38 8 3 11 8 0 1 0 4 0 0 71
9 Carlton W 138 - 45 17 4 21 13 0 2 3 1 0 0 95
10 Melbourne W 68 - 94 4 8 12 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 52
11 Gold Coast Suns W 126 - 43 15 3 18 10 0 3 0 1 0 0 88
12 Adelaide Crows L 82 - 61 11 4 15 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 70
13 North Melbourne W 68 - 91 9 5 14 7 0 2 0 0 0 0 60
15 Essendon L 77 - 71 9 6 15 6 0 3 0 2 1 0 74
16 Brisbane Lions L 74 - 94 13 6 19 10 0 3 0 1 0 0 88
17 Richmond L 94 - 67 4 4 8 3 0 1 4 3 0 0 30
18 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 9 - L: 7 127 70 197 101 0 24 9 29 1 0 943

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 157
    • Kicks 7.8
    • Handballs 5.5
    • Disposals 13.2
    • Marks 5.2
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 1.8
    • Goals 0.0
    • AFL Fantasy 55.8

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 Richmond Rd 18, 2017
Handballs 13 St Kilda Rd 22, 2010
Disposals 25 Hawthorn Rd 1, 2011
Marks 13 Carlton Rd 9, 2019
Hit-outs 3 Richmond Rd 12, 2012
Tackles 6 Geelong Cats Rd 4, 2019
Goals 2 Carlton Rd 6, 2012
AFL Fantasy 97 Richmond Rd 18, 2017

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2019 GWS Giants 127 70 197 101 0 24 9 29 1 0 943
2018 GWS Giants 181 153 334 128 0 41 21 38 0 1 1364
2017 GWS Giants 160 145 305 108 0 30 25 56 0 1 1274
2016 GWS Giants 152 97 249 95 0 19 20 37 0 1 1043
2015 GWS Giants 81 62 143 59 3 17 14 14 0 0 578
2014 GWS Giants 81 52 133 55 0 16 8 18 0 0 576
2013 GWS Giants 105 62 167 71 0 9 14 20 0 2 701
2012 GWS Giants 209 119 328 122 3 20 23 42 5 1 1384
2011 Adelaide Crows 21 13 34 12 0 2 2 4 0 0 137
2010 Adelaide Crows 100 89 189 69 0 9 8 21 1 0 760

Legend

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HISTORY

Draft History

2008 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (Adelaide) No.10 overall; 2011 uncontracted player selection (GIANTS)

Previous AFL Club

Adelaide (2010-11: 18 games, 1 goal)

Player Honours

AFL AWARDS

NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2011

CLUB AWARDS

Club Captain 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Kevin Sheedy Medal 3rd Place 2017, 2018

GIANTS Best Defender 2012