Sheedy streamlines AFL leadership group

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    Greater Western Sydney mentor Kevin Sheedy has gone back to the future in formulating the Giants’ leadership group for his 29th and final AFL season as a head coach.

    Following Luke Power’s retirement, Callan Ward and Phil Davis have been entrusted as GWS’s co-captains this year with Tom Scully promoted to vice-captain.

    Beefy leadership teams have become the norm in the league – Sydney snared the 2012 premiership with a nine-man group that included Jarred Moore, who was delisted at the end of last season.

    Even the Giants had eight in their inaugural leadership group, but the responsibility is now on the shoulders of Ward, Davis and Scully – three key players in the fledging club’s future.

    “They’ll be surrounded by other leaders on the ground and off the ground … there’s plenty of leaders at the club,” Sheedy told AAP.

    “So they’re all there. But in the three names, we’ve probably gone back to where we started from in the VFL.

    “Although we think some others might put their hands up very soon.”

    With the majority of Sheedy’s young charges having taken their baby steps, he now wants to see them lead and earn the chance to dictate terms alongside Ward, Davis and Scully.

    And the opportunity could come as early as February 24, when the Giants host Carlton and Sydney in round one of the pre-season competition.

    “At the moment we don’t need to rush people into leadership,” the 65-year-old four-time premiership coach said.

    “So we’ve kept those places (in the leadership group) open, to see which guys really want to put their hand up.

    “At some stage we might get them to lead the team out, maybe in the NAB Cup.

    “I haven’t spoken to the other coaches about that yet.

    “But to me, the pre-season competition is there to see players find opportunities in terms of positions – and maybe also leadership.”

    Former Western Bulldogs midfielder Ward, the Giants’ inaugural best and fairest winner, said it was an exciting time for the team that registered two wins in their maiden season.

    “I think most clubs have about eight (in their leadership group). So having three will be a bit of a change but we’re looking forward to it,” Ward said.

    GWS surveyed both players and coaches to help select their vice-captain, with Scully a clear winner.

    “I certainly wasn’t expecting this … I’m very humbled to be voted by my teammates as vice-captain,” Scully said.

    THE AFL’S MOST INEXPERIENCED LEADERSHIP GROUP, GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY’S THREE WISE MEN FOR 2013:
    Co-captain PHIL DAVIS
    * Played 40 games total, 0 finals
    * The only Giant to feature in all 22 games of their maiden season
    * Key defender who left Adelaide in 2011 as part of GWS’s start-up concessions

    Co-captain CALLAN WARD
    * Played 80 games in total, 6 finals
    * Clear winner of GWS’s best and fairest award in their maiden season
    * Polished midfielder who left Western Bulldogs in 2011 as part of GWS’s start-up concessions

    Vice-captain TOM SCULLY
    * Played 50 games in total, 0 finals
    * Taken with No.1 selection in 2009 draft
    * Hard-running on-baller who left Melbourne in 2011 as part of GWS’s start-up concessions

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    • Roar Guru

      January 23rd 2013 @ 8:11am
      mds1970 said | January 23rd 2013 @ 8:11am | ! Report

      What we see here is three players, only in their early 20s with less than 100 games under their belt, playing a leadership role that they would have waited several more years to play at their original clubs.
      This would have been one of the attractions in going to GWS – for someone who aspired to being a leader, this was a great opportunity.

      The money those three players were offered to come up to GWS was attractive, but it wouldn’t be the only reason for making the move. A chance to play a leadership role, and also to be there at the start of a club and be a part of football history, would have also been attractive reasons.

    • Roar Guru

      January 23rd 2013 @ 9:06am
      Redb said | January 23rd 2013 @ 9:06am | ! Report

      Couldn’t be less impressed with Scully as a leader but then again he has been tarnished by the trade from Melbourne. It’s all ahead of him now to show he is worth his fat salary.

    • Roar Pro

      January 23rd 2013 @ 1:17pm
      aggregated drupe said | January 23rd 2013 @ 1:17pm | ! Report

      Scully shouldn’t be there it should be Rhys Palmer.

    • January 24th 2013 @ 2:24am
      Minister for Information for the Democratic People's Republic of Football said | January 24th 2013 @ 2:24am | ! Report

      Leadership groups. Really? This nonsense has to stop.

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