The Giants have sealed a trade with Geelong to send Tanner Bruhn to the premiers for another pick inside the top 20. Check out his trade news.

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Tanner Bruhn is an Australian rules footballer who plays for the Geelong Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Tanner Bruhn : Trade | Hawthorn | Supercoach | Stats

Personal information
Date of birth 27 May 2002 (age 20)
Original team(s) Geelong Falcons (NAB League)
Draft No. 12, 2020 national draft, Greater Western Sydney
Debut 21 March 2021, Greater Western Sydney
vs. St Kilda, at Sydney Showground Stadium
Height 183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder

He was recruited by the Greater Western Sydney Giants with the 12th draft pick in the 2020 AFL draft.

Bruhn began his footballing career with the Newtown & Chilwell Football Club in the western suburbs of Geelong. He played 55 matches with the club between 2013 and 2018.

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The Giants have sealed a trade with Geelong to send Tanner Bruhn to the premiers for another pick inside the top 20.

The first official deal on Friday sees Bruhn, the No. 12 pick from the 2020 draft, move to Geelong in a straight swap for the Cats’ Pick 18.

Tanner Bruhn : Trade | Hawthorn | Supercoach | Stats

It is one of several stories making trade headlines on Friday, including another complication in the stand-off between the Bulldogs and Brisbane over the future of Josh Dunkley.

The Giants have also been making headlines in other trade scenarios with rumours about star pair Lachie Whitfield and Nick Haynes.

While the club is losing a host of top-line stars, including Tim Taranto and Bobby Hill this trade period, the club has also assembled a war chest of draft picks, with five selections inside the Top 20.

The Giants now have Picks 3, 12, 15, 18 and 19.

There are murmurs swirling that Whitfield and Haynes could be free to look for new clubs, despite both having long-term contracts.

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According to the AFLPA CBA article 22.3 ‘First Year Player’ it states that:

“When a first year Player is first drafted by an AFL Club, that Player and the AFL Club shall enter into a Standard Playing Contract for a minimum term of two years…”

Tanner Bruhn : Trade | Hawthorn | Supercoach | Stats

Giant Tanner Bruhn’s trade request to Geelong after two seasons is ‘disappointing’ for McCartney, as he believes GWS wasn’t afforded enough required time, according to SEN.

“Two years, that is really disappointing. No doubt there has been conversations had for a while and the AFLPA is involved, but our conversations with the AFLPA are around that fact,” McCartney said.

“Those first-year draftees, the two-year standard contract needs to be longer, that’s for sure.”

The Giants, alongside fellow expansion club Gold Coast, have been subject to player exodus’ since their inception, with rival clubs swooping on vulnerable players early in their careers.

McCartney believes the early period in a player’s career is now when clubs are forced to offer big money and long contracts to retain talent, to ensure they stay on the list.

“What we’re getting also is there’s an explosion in player salaries third year when they become open market. You look at ourselves and Gold Coast … what happens is you do have to pay a premium in that third year to retain the player,” McCartney said.


Tanner Bruhn is not a supercoach type at all. Some players are more suited to the scoring system than others, and Tanner Bruhn certainly sits in the not suited pile.

Tanner Bruhn : Trade | Hawthorn | Supercoach | Stats

Tanner Bruhn
#5   GWS Giants
Age : 20yr 4mth
Born : May 27, 2002
Height : 183cm
Weight : 77kg
Position : Midfield, Forward
Contracted Till : 2022
Supercoach Price : $223,400
AFL Fantasy Price : $355,000

Tanner Bruhn will drive you nuts. The ups and downs of his scoring will cause coaches to tear their hair out. And just when you are ready to part ways and trade him, he will pull out a monster score.

Putting this player in your lineup is not for the faint hearted. It’s gunna be a thrilling rollar coaster ride.

Coaches wanting to take an unpredictable, enigma type player in their side have defintely landed on the right option here.


There was immediate controversy surrounding Bruhn’s new career at the Giants after he was shown to have a ‘solemn’ reaction to being drafted by them on draft night. 

Tanner Bruhn : Trade | Hawthorn | Supercoach | Stats

Season Num MT Team K Avg H Avg D Avg M Avg HO Avg T Avg FF FA G Avg B SC Rat Avg
2022 5 17 GWS Giants 93 5.5 108 6.4 201 11.8 38 2.2 0 0 59 3.5 18 20 7 0.4 3 45 848 49.9
2021 5 13 GWS Giants 56 4.3 45 3.5 101 7.8 16 1.2 0 0 33 2.5 8 5 4 0.3 4 28 459 35.3
Totals   30   149 5 153 5.1 302 10.1 54 1.8 0 0 92 3.1 26 25 11 0.4 7 73 1307 43.6

However, it was later explained by him that it was due to him having a rather ‘reserved’ personality, and being shocked. Bruhn debuted for Greater Western Sydney in the opening round of the 2021 AFL season.

On debut, Bruhn collected 9 disposals, 2 tackles and 2 clearances. After only collecting 7 disposals the next week against Fremantle, Bruhn was omitted from the team.

Bruhn received a nomination for the Goal of the Year award after kicking a skilful goal in the eighth round of the season.

He was traded to Geelong during the 2022 Trade Period for Pick 18.

By Rishabh

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