Davis wants to be a Giant

ADELAIDE Crows' defender Phil Davis has told club officials he intends to join new franchise the Greater Western Sydney Giants next season.

A number 10 pick in the 2008 national draft, Davis made his debut last year and has gone on to play 18 matches for the Crows.

Crows Football Operations Manager Phil Harper said the club tried valiantly to keep the 20-year-old, but were now consigned to losing another of their promising up-and-comers.

“The club is extremely disappointed to lose a 20-year old player who was a first round draft pick with outstanding leadership potential," he said.

“The club recognises Phil’s honesty in coming forward this morning to inform his teammates of his decision, soon after he made it on the weekend.

“To lose another centre half back after the loss to Gold Coast of Nathan Bock last year is certainly not ideal. I can ensure all our members and supporters that we did everything in our powers to get Phil to stay, including putting forward an offer well in excess of any offer to an 18 game player in the club’s history.”

Despite holding talks with Davis' management team, the Giants refused to announce Davis as part of its plan for the club's inaugural season.

However, Giants' CEO Dale Holmes admitted the signing of Davis was an attractive proposal.

“Phil is an exciting young player with a big future ahead of him,” Holmes said.

"We are delighted that he has indicated his interest in joining the Giants and believe he would be a very good fit for this club as we build a strong team for the future."