Giants skipper needs his Shiel
There is a growing feeling of resignation that high-class midfielder Dylan Shiel has played his last game for Greater Western Sydney.
The 25-year-old still has a year to run on his contract, but is a prime target of Carlton, Melbourne, Hawthorn and Essendon.
“It’s like an arms race for the best players and every club is trying to poach someone,” Giants co-captain Phil Davis said.
“We have a great list. It’s obviously not perfect because we haven’t won anything yet.
“That’s when the hard decisions come.
“Are we a better team with Dylan Shiel in it?
“One hundred per cent we are, but there is a balancing act. I don’t know the details, obviously he’s contracted.
“I think he’s an important part of the group and I would love him to stay. His name is thrown around a fair bit.
“I’d love him to stay, he’s an integral part of the team.”
Davis also indicated there could be some personnel changes in the Giants’ off-field staff after another shocking year with injuries.
High-profile quintet Tom Scully, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly, Zac Williams and Brett Deledio all had extended time on the sidelines.
“When you break the injuries down there is a lot of unluckiness,” Davis said. “But there is also a trend. “I’m not sure what it is. We have to make some hard calls.
“When you have your best 22 not playing in a competition which is so even, it makes a difference. There is bad luck and sometimes you just have to say that’s unlucky.
“But there are moments when you have to control your controllables and the club will look into those ones and make sure we invest, discover and learn to get better.”
Michael Hibberd, standing left, Jordan Lewis, Dom Tyson, front left, and Max Gawn watch VFL affiliates Casey Demons win through to the grand final, beating Essendon by 12 points on Saturday.