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Giants to unleash $6m man

AFL: Key Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants recruit Tom Scully looks set to debut for his new club against North Melbourne in Hobart on Sunday, replacing the suspended James McDonald.

Saturday 7 April 2012, 01:48PM

Scully, who controversially moved from Melbourne for a salary of A$1 million (B30m) a season until the end of 2017, missed the Giants’ first match against the Swans two weeks ago with a facial injury.

“He has not missed training, just the contact stuff, so he’s fine to go,” a GWS spokesman said on Tuesday. “He’s in contention and only has to get through training at Blacktown tomorrow.”

Also ready to make their debut for the Giants are co-captain Luke Power and ruckman Dean Brogan. However, the Giants could be without  code-crossing recruit Israel Folau who skipped training on Wednesday for personal reasons.

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With Sunday’s game being played in Tasmania, North Melbourne will become the fifth Melbourne-based AFL club to play home games outside Victoria for financial reasons this year, following Hawthorn (four games in Launceston), Melbourne (Darwin), Richmond (Cairns) and the Western Bulldogs, who also play a home game in Darwin.

Hobart has previously hosted five premiership games – all at North Hobart Oval – with the previous one held in 1992. North has a contract to play six home games in Hobart over three years, with each match expected to reap the club more than A$500,000 (B15 million).



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