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Hoskin-Elliott's electric moments Watch highlights of new recruit Will Hoskin-Elliott, and what to expect from the new Magpie in 2017 and beyond.
Will Hoskin-Elliott puts on a burst of speed against North Melbourne in 2013. Photo: AFL Images.

Will Hoskin-Elliott puts on a burst of speed against North Melbourne in 2013. Photo: AFL Images.

Will Hoskin-Elliott has been a highly-touted Greater Western Sydney youngster since he was drafted by the Giants with pick number four in the 2011 National Draft.

What has he done in the five years since? Find out more about the journey to date for the 23-year-old forward. Text courtesy of AFL Record Season Guides (2012 - 2016).

Will Hoskin-Elliott
Games: 52 Goals: 42
Draft history: 2011 NAB AFL Draft 1st round selection (GWS Giants) No.4 overall.
Brownlow Medal: 4 career votes

2012
A dashing winger, the Giants are bullish about Hoskin-Elliott’s potential. More than happy to have a bounce and take on the opposition, he possesses a booming right boot and stood out oat the Draft Combine. Played only 12 games with the Western Jets in 2011, yet finished second in the best and fairest count.

2013
Considered among the most talented rookies on the GWS list, Hoskin-Elliott had difficulty adjusting to the rigours of the AFL, playing just three of the team’s first 16 matches. But he worked hard on his game and exploded into life in the final seven weeks of the season, capped by a five-goal, 16-disposal effort against Gold Coast in round 20.

Hoskin-Elliott at home with the Pies: A lifelong Collingwood supporter finds his way to the Holden Centre.


2014
Last season was another year of development for Hoskin-Elliott, who made nine senior appearances to take his career tally to 19. He had injury and form issues and suffered a nasty concussion late in the season, but the fleet-footed youngster is making good strides in his career.

2015
The speedy youngster entered the year with 19 games under his belt over two seasons and a reputation for talent yet to be fully realised. He ended it with a further 20 games to his name and a standing as a star on the rise. Kicked 26 goals, second only at the Giants to Jeremy Cameron, he was one of their biggest improvers. Looks read to emerge as a star of the competition.

2016
Last season was one to forget for Hoskin-Elliott, who failed to go on with the promise he showed the previous year when he kicked 26 goals in 20 games. Did not recover from a pre-season shoulder injury and finished with just three goals from 11 appearances. Has all the tools to be a star if he can find the consistency to match.