BACK IN SYDNEY: Dylan Addison is enjoying his time back in his home city after joining the GWS Giants.
BACK IN SYDNEY: Dylan Addison is enjoying his time back in his home city after joining the GWS Giants.

Former Bulldog Addison adds extra bite to Giants attack

DYLAN Addison may not have the same profile as some of the other GWS recruits, but his arrival at the fledgling club should not be underestimated.

Joining Stephen Gilham, 29, as the most senior members of the Giants' playing list, Heath Shaw, 28, and Josh Hunt, 31, will be the generals in defence, and Shane Mumford, 27, the No.1 ruckman.

But, Addison, 26, who played 88 games for the Western Bulldogs before heading north as a free agent, will provide some much-needed direction and his trademark aggression in the forward half for the two-time wooden spooners.

"I think I was something like 15th or 16th oldest at the Bulldogs and now I'm the fifth oldest here," he told APN. "It's been a bit of change.

"But, I'm enjoying it, being around guys with plenty of energy. It's good to feed off that and hopefully they will feed off our knowledge of the game."

While he has returned to the city he grew up in, Addison has also been reacquainted with both Giants head coach Leon Cameron, once in charge of the Bulldogs backline, and co-captain Callan Ward, a former teammate at Whitten Oval.

"It's been good already having that established relationship with them," he said.

"He (Ward) left the Bulldogs as a young fella, 20, 21, and now seeing him in the role as the captain of the club, he's doing terrific job."

Excited by what the younger players at the club may offer in what for many will be their third season at AFL level, Addison said he has also impressed by much-maligned Tom Scully.

"In terms of training, I think Tom is pretty hard to beat. Not only his running ability but also his willingness to work is pretty special," he said of the former Melbourne midfielder. "He'll take a few steps forward again this year, definitely."

The Giants clash with cross-town rival Sydney in today's Battle of the Bridge - a game that will not only see the official debut of Lance Franklin in a Swans jumper, but also Swans premiership ruckman Mumford take on his old side.

"Obviously the NRL starts a week earlier so they get a bit of a head start, but these (derbies) are pretty important for AFL in Sydney ... to grow the game and grow the GWS football club as well," Addison said. "But we'll just treat it like any other game, and go out there to win."