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