Phil Davis was recruited by the Adelaide Crows during the 2008 NAB AFL Draft at pick 10. Davis is a product of the North Adelaide (SANFL) and St Peter’s College football institutions, where he flourished as one of the best junior defenders in the U18 system. Davis began his AFL journey with the Adelaide Crows where he was awarded a NAB Rising Star Nomination in 2010 before becoming the first uncontracted player signing for the GWS Giants ahead of their inaugural season in 2012. Furthermore, Davis is also the founding co-captain of the Giants and has been a key figurehead in the establishment of the AFL’s 18th club.
Davis, in conjunction with Luke Power and Callan Ward, lead the Giants in their first AFL season. Davis was acknowledged as a stand-out defender for the Giants as well as mentor and leader. His performance and effort was never questioned, not only being the single Giant to play every game but was also the inaugural recipient of the Kevin Sheedy Medal, which is awarded to the club’s best defender. Sadly Davis’ 2013 campaign was marred by a back injury that saw him miss 9 games in the middle of the season. Davis’ career then faced further suffering, this time being a severe injury that not only threatened his season but also his career. 2014 saw Davis suffer a ruptured kidney, hospitalising and sidelining the key defender for three months during the season. Remarkably, he returned for the remaining 10 of the 11 games in the season. 2015 saw Davis suffer further inquiry, this time an ankle injury sidelining him for several weeks. Prior to injuring himself, Davis was in terrific form. He finished the year with 12 games.
2016 was a standout season for Davis. During his 21 games, he was constantly praised for his defensive efforts against some of the league’s greatest and most formidable forwards. Most notably, his efforts in GWS’ first preliminary final saw power-forward, Lance Franklin, finish the game with no majors. Davis has proven to be an integral part of the Giants’ push for a premiership.
2017 saw Davis enter his sixth consecutive season as co-captain of the Giants. It was a season of further improvement and development as the defender played 24 games, averaging 12.7 disposals and 4.5 marks. Phil is a proven leader for the young GWS list and will no doubt look to further his club’s fortunes in the 2018 season.