Coniglio wants Shiel to stay put

The Northern Star - - SPORT -

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 have 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.”

Photo: Philip Hill­yard

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