Finn Callaghan inks new deal to remain at GWS until 2025

GWS has locked away Finn Callaghan for two more years, with the exciting teenager turning his back on eager Melbourne clubs as he eyes “sustained success” at the Giants.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who was taken with pick three in the 2021 National Draft and managed five games in his debut season despite a recurring foot injury, has committed to the Giants until the end of 2025.

Callaghan had been touted as a target for St Kilda in the off-season, with the Saints saying they would try to attract talent from Melbourne’s Bayside area in a similar vein to Geelong’s targeted recruiting of local players.

But the 192cm left-footer, who grew up in the area and played junior football for Mordialloc-Braeside, said he had not entertained any approaches from other clubs as he focused on his pre-season campaign.

“I said to my manager Tom Seccull that I didn’t really want to hear what was going on in the background, I just wanted to focus on playing footy,” Callaghan said.

“I’m loving my time up here and never had any thought of leaving … when the time came to sign the contract with the Giants, I was really pleased to get it all done.”

Callaghan’s commitment to GWS follows the re-signing of powerful on-baller Tom Green last week, who extended his contract until the end of 2027.

The Giants were highly optimistic that their core group of players were in it for the long haul, Callaghan said.

“(Green) is a really important player for us going forward … I think it gives everyone at the club real confidence that we’ve got the building blocks for sustained success,” he said.

“I’ve been working really closely with big Tom – he knows his contested ball and it’s an area of my game that I’m really trying to focus on, so I’ve been doing lots of work with him and watching what he does.”

Callaghan impressed with an average of 15 disposals and four marks across his five senior games in 2022, and will split his time between the wing and as an inside midfielder this season.

Giants veteran Callan Ward said the teenager had been a clear standout on the track this pre-season and had recovered well from surgery to put an end to his foot concerns.

“When he steps out on the field I’m always blown away by how good he can be,” Ward said.

“I’ve never looked at him as a player who is explosive and super quick, but when he trains, you seem him just burst away from stoppages and you can’t get him.

“He’s hard to tackle and he’s got beautiful skills, so I can see him really developing this year.”