Coniglio wants Shiel to stay put
STEPHEN Coniglio hopes GWS Giants teammate Dylan Shiel will stick with the club despite Melbourne-based clubs lining up for the star midfielder.
Shiel (pictured) still has another year to go on his contract, but it hasn’t stopped Victorian rivals readying themselves to make a bid to bring him home.
They know the Giants’ salary cap is stretched to its limit.
“There’s always going to be speculation but from my perspective, I want Dylan at this footy club and the same goes for all the other guys,” he said.
“There’s obviously a lot of rumours down in Melbourne and we don’t hear the majority of them in Sydney.
“The thing about our group is that we’ve got so many talented players that a lot of other clubs want, and the fact is that we’ve got a lot of guys who are from Melbourne.
“I have full trust in the powers that be that they’ll make the right calls.”
While speculation surrounding the future of GWS players has become an annual event, there’s been a touch of groundhog day for the club on the field too.
After bowing out at the preliminary final stage in the past two seasons, the Giants were again lamenting opportunities lost on Saturday when losing a cut-throat semi-final to Collingwood.
“The game was up (for grabs) in that first five minutes and they piled on three goals,” Coniglio said yesterday after arriving back in Sydney.
“I don’t know exactly how they got them yet, I was obviously out there but I’ll need to look back on it. It cost us in the end because from that stage we were always fighting to get back in it.”