Jonathan Giles

Jonathan Giles (born 8 January 1988) is a former professional Australian rules footballer who played for the Greater Western Sydney Giants, Essendon Football Club and West Coast Eagles in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was listed with the Port Adelaide Football Club from 2006 to 2009, but did not play a senior game for the club. He returned to the AFL with expansion club Greater Western Sydney, making his debut in round of the 2012 season. Giles moved on to Essendon for the 2015 season, and then spent two years with West Coast before retiring due to a degenerative knee condition. In total, he played 63 AFL games.[1]

Jonathan Giles
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Giles
Nickname(s) Joffa
Date of birth (1988-01-08) 8 January 1988
Original team(s) Central District
Draft 70th overall, 2005 National Draft
3rd overall, 2011 Rookie Draft
Height 201 cm (6 ft 7 in)
Weight 101 kg (223 lb)
Position(s) Ruckman
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
2006–2009 Port Adelaide 00 0(0)
2012–2014 Greater Western Sydney 51 (39)
2015 Essendon 03 0(1)
2016–2017 West Coast 09 0(3)
Total 63 (43)
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

AFL career

Port Adelaide (2006–09)

Giles was recruited in the 2005 AFL Draft, from Central District in the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) at pick number 70, but never played a game for Port Adelaide in the AFL.

During the 2006 season, he played 19 games for Central District's reserves team, kicking four goals. Also in 2006, Giles played in the London exhibition match against Geelong. In a spiteful match, he kicked one goal.

Giles was delisted by Port on 16 October 2009.[2] In December 2010, after winning the best and fairest award for Sturt in the SANFL,[3] Giles was selected by the new Greater Western Sydney Giants in the 2011 Rookie Draft.[4]

Greater Western Sydney (2012–14)

Giles played the 2011 season for Greater Western Sydney in the North East Australian Football League, as one of the senior players on an otherwise young squad. He played his first official AFL game against the Sydney Swans where he kicked one goal.[5] In Round 8, 2014, Giles became the first Giants player to notch up 50 games for the club, the Giants lost to the West Coast Eagles by 111 points.

Essendon (2015)

On 16 October 2014, Giles was traded to the Essendon Football Club after struggling to maintain his place in the Greater Western Sydney team throughout the 2014 season.[6] In round 18 in the 2015 season, Giles made his debut for Essendon in an 87-point loss to the Western Bulldogs.

West Coast (2016)

In October 2015, Giles was traded to the West Coast Eagles.[7]

As of the end of the 2016 season, Giles has the lowest winning percentage for any current player in the AFL, playing in only eight wins from 58 career games.[8]

Giles managed five more games during the 2017 season, due to injuries to first-choice ruckmen Nic Naitanui and Scott Lycett. He retired at the end of the season due to a degenerative knee condition.[9]


Statistics are correct to the end of the 2017 season[10]
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles  H/O  Hit-outs
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T H/O G B K H D M T H/O
Totals Averages (per game)
2012 Greater Western Sydney 262018817710828570434420.
2013 Greater Western Sydney 26221461607123130465350.
2014 Greater Western Sydney 269745322758242130.
2015 Essendon 273122793657670.
2016 West Coast 224212114351010920.
2017 West Coast 225121920396151090.
Career 63 43 23 457 244 701 129 145 1458 0.7 0.4 7.3 3.9 11.1 2.0 2.3 23.1


  1. Conn, Malcolm (22 March 2012). "The daze of our lives". The Daily Telegraph.
  2. "Port Adelaide List Changes". 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 19 October 2009.
  3. "Bombers out to thwart Sheedy".
  4. "Former Hawk ruckman taken by Melbourne".
  5. "Steve Clifton a key for GWS in 2012".
  6. Giles now a Bomber as Dons replace Ryder. official website, 16 October 2014
  7. Malcolm, Alex (19 October 2015). "Eagles boost ruck stocks with ex-Bomber Giles". Bigpond. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  8. "Miscellaneous Player Records". AFL Tables. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  9. King, Travis (21 September 2017). "Knee injury ends Eagles ruckman's career". Bigpond. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  10. "Jonathan Giles". AFL Tables. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
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