Greater Western Sydney have lost patience with their forward set-up, dumping one of this year’s leading goalkickers, Jeremy Finlayson, for the crucial game against Richmond on Sunday.
Finlayson’s axing will come as a shock but the Giants are desperate for a lift in their forward half pressure after dropping three of their past four games.
Finlayson sits 10th in the Coleman Medal but the scores have dried up for the long-kicking left-footer with only four goals from his past four games. More damning, however, is the fact Finlayson had failed to lay a tackle in three games during that period.
The Giants’ emphasis on more ground-level grunt was evident in their changes with pressure players Ian “Bobby” Hill, Daniel Lloyd and Matt Buntine among the ins, along with All-Australian Lachie Whitfield. Hill will be making his senior debut.