Player name: Will Hoskin-Elliott
Current club: GWS
Potential club: While Hoskin-Elliott is yet to make his intentions clear on his playing future, the early talk surrounding him suggests that Collingwood are keen to acquire him in a trade next month. Given the Magpies already have ex-Giants in Adam Treloar and Taylor Adams (also from the 2011 draft), the transition should be an easy one.
The original price: Hoskin-Elliott was among a powerful group of talented youngsters picked up by GWS in the 2011 draft – being taken at the fourth overall selection. In what is now a massive draft haul in hindsight, GWS had 11 of the top 14 players in that year. However at this point, only 8 remain in Giants’ colours – a number likely to drop further.
The Good: The former pick four has now played 52 games at senior level and – at age 23 – is realistically approaching his peak as a footballer. Across his career so far he has at times demonstrated wonderful athleticism and match-winning ability – proving that he could be the ‘icing on the cake’ of a successful side.
The Bad: Unfortunately for Hoskin-Elliott, the addition of Steve Johnson and the All-Australian form of Toby Greene has kept him out of the senior side for most of 2016. He has also battled soft-tissue injuries, making his chances of securing a spot in a rising Giants side on the precipice incredibly difficult. The sad fact is that he has fallen down the pecking order in a position of depth at GWS, and simply hasn’t showcased his abilities often enough at AFL level.
What his club wants: With the Giants loaded up on young talent, they will more than likely try to target draft picks spread across this year and next should they let go of any players this offseason. GWS would no doubt be targeting the Magpies’ 2nd round selection (25), however this may be too high given Hoskin-Elliott has only managed 2 games in 2016.
What he’s worth: As a player, he offers something few players have and would give Collingwood a real point of difference in their forward line. However, with injury and consistency cruelling his opportunities at the top level, his value in a trade is naturally discounted. His worth would sit somewhere around the late second/early third round, all things considered. The fact that Hoskin-Elliott is contracted until the end of 2017 means that GWS won’t be pressured to take unders in a deal involving the 23-year-old.
What we’d pay: Pick 35-40
Possible trade scenarios:
- Collingwood trades their second selection overall (pick 25), and third selection overall (pick 43), GWS trades Hoskin-Elliott and second selection overall (pick 33).
The Verdict: With Hoskin-Elliott contracted for another year, GWS will be in no rush to settle a trade for the young forward. However with Collingwood’s other potential targets in Chris Mayne and Daniel Wells likely to be sewn up fairly quickly, they will devote a fair bit of time to getting the young Giant into Collingwood colours. Whilst he hasn’t been able to secure a spot in the Giants’ Best 22, a solid preseason would set him up for a permanent spot inside Collingwood’s forward six: an area that is set to be shaken up considerably with Travis Cloke on the way out.
Star rating: 3/5
While he hasn’t received as much attention in the media as the likes of teammates Caleb Marchbank and Cam McCarthy, Hoskin-Elliott would be a fantastic (and relatively cheap) pickup. Now the Giants’ season has finished up, his future will become clearer regarding a possible move to Collingwood.