Giants lock in speed and skill
23 Oct, 2018
The Central Giants have locked in Tayne Lockwood and Dean Smith for the 2019 AFL New Zealand Premiership while using their priority draft pick to secure the services of Cantabrian Garrett Beck.
The Giants used a priority pick to secure Beck under the ruling of the Retained Player List (RPL) Category 2, stating:
Each Premiership side will be able to retain up to five regional based players (if a Premiership side cannot supply the required amount of players from the 2018 season, a Priority Draft Pick will be allocated to rectify this.)
20 year old Tayne Lockwood presents as one of the fastest AFL players in the country and hails from Wellington.
He was awarded best on ground in the 2016 New Zealand Under 18’s tour to Melbourne and has developed into a well rounded player over the past three seasons playing for the Giants.
Tayne is best suited to a roving back position where he is able to use his speed and skill to get his team out of trouble.
With more experience under his belt, this could progress into an on ball position in the 2019 season where he will be pitted against some of New Zealand’s most experienced and talented players.
Dean Smith was a surprise packet for the Giants in the 2018 Premiership.
Relatively unknown in NZ footy circles, Smith was a standout in his debut season playing in the backline.
From Canterbury, Smith was part of the Giants defensive set up which only conceded 33 points per game for the season.
With more experience under his belt, look for Smith to make a bigger impact in 2019.
Cantabrian Garrett Beck will make the move from the Northern Suns to the Central Giants in 2019.
The 21 year old has impressed in his two seasons playing for the Suns and was snapped up by the reigning Premiers using their priority draft pick.
When it comes to skill execution, Beck is up there with the best and is handy playing off the half back flank.
Beck has won back to back Premierships with the Christchurch Bulldogs in Canterbury as they eye up their third title in 2018.