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‘Helluva crack’: Giants dump prolific forward for crucial game

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.

Jeremy Finlayson (left) has been dropped by the Giants for the game against Richmond.

Jeremy Finlayson (left) has been dropped by the Giants for the game against Richmond.Credit:AAP

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.

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