Giants retain key players from the regions
03 Nov, 2016
The Central Giants have announced that they will add regional players, Tayne Lockwood, Sam Green and Logan Toomer to “their retained players list” for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Tayne Lockwood presents as one of the fastest AFL players in the country and this was never more evident than during the inaugural 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership competition. 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. This could progress into an on ball position in the 2017 season where he will be pitted against some of New Zealand’s most experienced and talented players.
Still only 18 years of age, Tayne continues to develop and will gain more experience playing for the North City Demons in the Wellington regional league in preparation for the 2017 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
193cm tall Wellington College student Sam Green had a breakout season in the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership.
Now playing regularly in key positions (marking forward/marking back) for the Giants and New Zealand age group teams, Green has a strong overhead mark and a booming kick within his arsenal and utilised these skills well during the 2016 season.
Green toured Melbourne in April this year with the U18 New Zealand Hawks and produced a best on ground performance. If he can bring in that kind of form into 2017, the Giants will be a force to be reckoned with. Traditionally the New Zealand Hawks International Cup team has hosted two to three Under 18 players and with Sam Greens height and continual development he could push for a position within the Senior Hawks team. He could well see himself playing on the MCG in August 2017.
Central Giants forward Logan Toomer will return to the Giants in 2017 after he impressed in the inaugural Premiership competition.
Toomer played an important role for the Giants in 2016 and averaged 3 goals per game playing forward for his team. His ability to have an immediate impact was never more evident than a snap and score on goal only 14 seconds into a match for the Giants during last years season.
A regular in Otago representative, Logan represented the New Zealand Hawks in the 2014 International Cup campaign and is known as one of the best communicators on the field. His goal scoring ability will no doubt see Giants coach Rob Malone have him positioned near goal yet again.
Central Giants squad to date:
|Coach:||Rob Malone||NZ Hawks Seniors||Auckland|
|Assistant Coach:||Izaak Williams||Christchurch Bulldogs||Auckland|
|Playing Assistant:||James Bowden||Eastern Blues||Auckland|
|Captain:||Dave Rattenbury||Waitakere Magpies||Auckland|
|Squad:||Max Hicks||Rosmini College||Auckland|
|Tayne Lockwood||North City Demons||Wellington|
|Logan Toomer||Otago Riot||Otago|
|Sam Green||North City Demons||Wellington|