Giants plotting shock trade swoop for gun Bulldog

GREATER Western Sydney is planning a shock AFLW trade swoop, with the club circling popular Western Bulldogs young gun and former NAB AFLW Rising Star winner Isabel Huntington.

Womens.afl understands the Giants have significant interest in luring Huntington to New South Wales during the upcoming trade period, where the club hopes to build its future around the strong-marking goalkicker.

Huntington, who is still weighing up her options, is in the process of recovering from another disappointing ACL injury sustained in January and would be unlikely to feature in the early stages of next season.

However, despite it being the third ACL tear in Huntington's young career, it hasn't deterred the Giants from making a substantial attempt to sign the highly talented 23-year-old in the coming months.

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As she would be leaving for an existing AFLW side, the Giants would have to satisfy the Bulldogs in a trade for Huntington should she wish to leave.

The arrival of the four remaining expansion sides into next year's AFLW season also means the upcoming NAB AFLW Draft order is yet to be determined, with the Giants not yet knowing which picks it can offer in a trade.

The club finished sixth from the bottom during the 2022 campaign, though its starting point in the draft will likely be diluted by the impending arrival of expansion teams Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and Sydney.

Isabel Huntington is consoled by Brooke Lochland after round one, 2022. Picture: AFL Photos

Huntington, a former No.1 selection in the draft, was named an All-Australian and as the Rising Star winner playing in the backline during the Dogs' 2020 season. She then kicked 12 goals as a forward in 2021 to finish as the club's leading goalkicker.

Her versatility and ability to perform at either end of the field, in addition to her strong leadership skills, have seen Huntington quickly emerge as one of the AFLW's most popular players.

Huntington has featured 20 times at AFLW level, kicking 18 goals.