Phil Davis of the Adelaide Crows has today signaled his intentions to become a GWS Giants player in 2012 and beyond, making him the first uncontracted player to join the AFL’s newest franchise.

The 20-year-old told the club and his teammates of his decision on Tuesday morning.

Davis managed just 3 games this season before a shoulder injury ruled him out for the the remainder of 2011.

In a press release on the Crows website Football Operations Manager Phil Harper said the club did everything in it’s powers to try and keep the first round draft pick in Crows colours.

“The club is extremely disappointed to lose a 20-year old player who was a first round draft pick with outstanding leadership potential.” Phil Harper said on

“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.”

Davis will hold a press conference later this morning.