Lachie looks set to lock in long- term deal with GWS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL -

DE­SPITE his six-month ban when in the care of GWS staff, Lachie Whit­field has given a strong in­di­ca­tion he will stay in Syd­ney’s west be­yond his con­tract which ex­pires at the end of 2018.

All the fo­cus has been Josh Kelly’s fu­ture but Whit­field’s pedi­gree is ob­vi­ous — the No1 pick from the 2012 draft is 22 and about to hit his prime.

On the open mar­ket Whit­field would draw sim­i­lar at­ten­tion to Kelly from Mel­bourne clubs. But re­turn­ing to the city in which he grew up looks highly un­likely given his re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We are build­ing some­thing here,” Whit­field told The Sun­day Tele­graph.

“I’ve got a lot of mates in Mel­bourne and they tell me the en­vi­ron­ment they’re liv­ing in each day.

“They go from be­ing at the club to try­ing to live a quiet home life. We don’t have that has­sle in Syd­ney. Our life is so sim­ple and care­free. I wouldn’t know how to deal with it, I’m so happy with life in Syd­ney and so used to it. I wouldn’t know how to deal with it, Mel- bourne doesn’t in­ter­est me so much yet.”

Whit­field hasn’t missed a beat in his re­turn to the AFL, av­er­ag­ing more than 27 dis­pos­als per game. “I’ve learned to be in­de­pen­dent and make my de­ci­sions for my­self,” Whit­field said.

The Gi­ants have the bye this week­end be­fore tak­ing on the Lions at the Gabba next Satur­day.

Lachie Whit­field set to stay

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