The GIANTS have added more firepower to their forward line by selecting Jake Riccardi with pick 51 of the 2019 NAB AFL Draft.
The GIANTS traded up to secure the 195cm 20-year-old, who had a stunning year in the VFL in 2019, kicking 38 goals in 20 games for Werribee.
They traded a future third round (tied to North Melbourne) for pick 51 and Collingwood’s future fourth round pick.
Riccardi – who was a member of the Calder Cannons NAB League squad in 2017 and 2018 – won the Fothergill-Round-Mitchell Medal as the best young player in the VFL, showing consistency throughout the season under former GIANTS assistant coach Mark Williams.
A strong mark and a deadly set shot, Riccardi kicked six goals in a game against Coburg and booted three as Werribee were knocked out of the VFL finals by Essendon.
From: Werribee (VFL), Calder Cannons
Riccardi is the third player to join the GIANTS in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft after Lachlan Ash and Tom Green were selected on Wednesday evening.