Witt – Davis is again in line for a first-round berth at the Giants

GWS veteran Phil Davis is on his way to take part in the AFL’s season opener against Adelaide on Sunday, while duo Brent Daniels and Jack Buckley are on the lookout to join him.

Davis played just five games last season after tore his left hamstring in March and his right hamstring in July.

The 32-year-old made it through an NFL practice game last week to put his hand up to take on the Ravens at Giants Stadium.

“Phil is definitely in the running for the first round,” new GWS coach Adam Kingsley told reporters Monday.

“He spent a lot of pre-season recovering from hamstring surgery, so his start (summer) was delayed.

“But he’s back in full training. He played in the NFL last week and our boarding club in Canberra the week before.

“He’s been playing fullback, and that’s where he’s been a great player in this football team for a long time.

“He’s in competition, we’ll see how he goes in training week. But he’s certainly happy with his progress after the injury, and there’s every chance he’ll play.”

There could be two other feel-good stories.

Daniels missed all of last season due to a series of hamstring injuries, and suffered another setback in February.

But the diminutive striker is settling in against the Crows after making solid progress lately.

And promising young defender Buckley, who has not appeared in an AFL since tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Round 16, 2021, is also pushing hard for a berth after a solid outing in a VFL practice match.

“He’s on the cusp of the team at the moment,” Kingsley said of Buckley.

He passed a practice match at VFL level last week, playing three quarters and a half.

“He looked really good. All his traits are strong, competitive and quick. He’ll be in the discussions.”

Recruiter Toby Bedford is set to miss the first two months of the season after tearing his hamstring in February.

Kingsley was impressed by the leadership qualities demonstrated by Toby Green, who was appointed sole captain of the club during the off-season.

“The way he plays symbolizes what a captain should play and how a captain should play. He doesn’t need to do anything different,” Kingsley said.

“Over the last two or three months, I’ve seen a guy work incredibly hard on and off the field.

“He leads his teammates not necessarily with great speeches or words, but through actions.”

The Giants lost Tim Taranto, Jacob Hooper, Tanner Broun and Bobby Hill during the off-season, leaving Kingsley in an uphill battle to guide the team to the World Cup finals in his first year.

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