Zac Williams appears likely to become the next GWS star to leave western Sydney for another club.

If the dashing defender departs he will follow in the footsteps of players including Magpies Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams and Will Hoskin-Elliott, Bomber Dylan Shiel, Hawks Jon Patton and Tom Scully, Saint Jack Steele and premiership heroes Jacob Townsend and Tom Boyd.

But the toughest loss for the Giants could be another player entirely.

Veteran journalist Jon Anderson shared a surprising snippet from a pre-season conversation with newly re-signed GWS coach Leon Cameron on this week’s episode of the Herald Sun Footy Podcast.

“We had a meeting with the Giants earlier this year at the Fox studios and I asked the question of Leon Cameron, if there was one player of all the players you lost … who’s the one you regret losing most? He certainly suggested Caleb Marchbank would be No.1,” Anderson said.

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“That’s how highly they rate Marchbank, who has been injured almost the whole time he’s been at Carlton.

“I read where his name has been thrown up for trade, well if someone gets him they’re getting a bargain, I’ll tell you that.”

Marchbank was recruited by the Giants with pick 6 in the 2014 draft and was developing into a star key defender when he requested a trade to Carlton at the end of the 2016 season. After joining the Blues he managed 16, 12 and 13 games from 2017-19 and none this year after hurting his knee in the pre-season.

Anderson said Marchbank was a key reason he was optimistic about Carlton’s list alongside Sam Walsh, Jacob Weitering, Zac Fisher and Tom De Koning.

But Ando wasn’t sure if Eddie Betts will play on in 2021 and has a question mark about an exciting key forward.

“I think Tom De Koning is going to be a wonderful talent, he’s proven to me he’s got an appetite for the contest that Harry McKay hasn’t got.

“He (De Koning) is 2-3 years off but every club in the AFL would love to have him on their list. I wouldn’t say every club would want Harry McKay on their list. He is promising, but he’s got a lot of work to do.”

Carlton is high on the agenda of a bumper edition of the Herald Sun Footy Podcast plus the surprise winner from a Gabba Grand Final, Hawthorn’s rebuild, what Danny Frawley’s CTE diagnosis means for the AFL and Ando names the best players to hail from Queensland.

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