Central Giants lock in key positional players for 2020

The Central Giants have announced that they have retained key forward James McKenzie and NZ defender Harison Manks for the 2020 Premiership season. 


The pair will join Captain Sam McKenzie as the three players that classify under the Retained Players List (RPL) category 1.

RPL 1 is the Retention of Auckland based players who have played for the New Zealand Senior team. (Up to 3 players retained).

Read more: 2020 AFLNZ Premiership retained players list explained


James McKenzie

James McKenzie knows how to kick a goal or two and the 2018 Golden Boot winner will be playing for the Central Giants in the 2020 AFL New Zealand Premiership.

James was one of the in form players for the Northern Suns during the early rounds of the 2016 AFL New Zealand Premiership until a shoulder injury ruled him out for the next 12 months.

His return in 2018 saw the the 24 year old kick a Premiership record of 31 goals and he is a fast and agile small forward.

Injuries hampered his 2019 season but still managed 14 goals.

James is the brother of Central Giants Captain Samuel McKenzie and will again look to combine with his brother in the Giants forward line.


Harison Manks

Harison Manks was a squad member of the Premiership winning Southern Saints in 2017 before moving to the Central Giants in 2018 where he won his second Premiership in as many years.

The 22 year old is a smart defender and is a strong mark who often leads the statistics in this category.

Manks made his debut for New Zealand during the ANZAC game against the AFL Academy in April 2017 and will be a key member of the 2020 International Cup squad.


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