Taylor Adams returns home to face Geelong!

Greater Western Sydney duo, and best mates, Taylor Adams and Devon Smith will complete a remarkable AFL journey when they head to Geelong to face the Cats on Saturday.

The two young Giants, who grew up in the Geelong area, first met at an under-12 Victorian trial.

“We became friends and then played footy together and against each other from about under-14s onwards,” Adams told AFL.com.au.

“It’s been about five or six years and we played against each other and had a few biffs and what not, but we’ve been friends ever since.”

Fast forward to November 24, 2011 at Sydney Olympic Park – NAB AFL Draft night.

The two young prospects, both coming off strong seasons with the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup, had spoken to a number of AFL clubs, but had no idea where they were about to begin their senior careers.

Naturally they were hopeful of ending up at the same club, but the chances were relatively slim, even accounting for GWS’ heavy draft concessions.

As the top 10 came and went, and neither had been selected, their nerves grew. Then, with pick 13, the Giants selected Adams.

GWS also had pick 14. Sure enough, the next name to be called out by list manager Steve Silvagni was Devon Smith.

“It’s something we were both nervous about, hoping we’d both go to the same club,” Adams said.

“It was what we really wanted, but we had no idea until we were read out at 13 and 14.

“It was pretty surreal. I had spoken to about 10 clubs all up and didn’t know where I was going to go or what range.

“It was all a bit of a mystery to me and when we got called out one after the other, it was really exciting.” Read more…