Gi­ants skip­per needs his Shiel

The West Australian - - THE GAME - Neil Cordy Syd­ney

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.”

Pic­ture: Getty

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.

Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages

Dy­lan Shiel

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