Giants struggling for AFL forward options

Roger Vaughan

The question is simple for GWS ahead of the AFL clash against Geelong - who will kick the goals?

Of their eight leading goalkickers from last season, Jonathon Patton is the only one in the lineup for Friday night's clash at GMHBA Stadium.

Patton was their top goalscorer last year with 45, but he has played mainly in the ruck so far this season and has only managed four in six games.

Key forward Jeremy Cameron, who also kicked 45 goals last season, was ruled out of the Geelong clash with a toe injury.

Adding to the Giants' worrying casualty list, in-form midfielder Brett Deledio also is out of action with a hamstring injury.

Out of the other top GWS scorers last year, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly, Rory Lobb and Tom Scully are injured.

Steve Johnson has retired and Devon Smith is now at Essendon.

Small forward Zac Langdon also hurt his knee in last week's win over Brisbane, but he was named for the Cats clash.

While the Giants are third on the ladder, they have not kicked more than 100 points since round one.

But Sydney showed the way in Geelong last week, beating the Cats without injured spearhead Lance Franklin.

The Cats have their own scoring woes, only managing 10 goals against the Swans.

In-form forward Daniel Menzel will miss another week with groin soreness while Stewart Crameri will take his place.

It will be the just the third AFL match for Crameri since the 2015 elimination final, when he was at the Western Bulldogs.

Crameri missed 2016 because of his Essendon anti-doping suspension and only managed two senior games last year because of hip injuries.

He has a simple goal for Friday night - play his role for the team.

"I haven't played with these players yet, so I have to get respect from them," he said.

"If I can do a couple of other things, kick a goal or whatever, that's just a bonus - just try to do the basics really well."

Friday night will also be Leon Cameron's 100th match as Giants coach.