GWS on search for star recruits: Sheedy

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    Greater Western Sydney’s Kevin Sheedy wants to deliver two experienced AFL recruits to his club at the end of his 29th and final season as a head coach.

    Lance Franklin and Jack Riewoldt have been bandied about as potential marquee signings for the Giants, who need a drawcard and boast cash to splash after Israel Folau’s departure to rugby union.

    GWS’s general manager of football Graeme `Gubby’ Allan and list chief Stephen Silvagni have driven much of the expansion side’s recruitment to date.

    But Sheedy vowed on the eve of the Giants’ clash with West Coast that he would become more active in dealing with trade targets and out-of-contract stars.

    “I’m a little bit more heavily involved in recruiting I’d say at the present time than I have been in the last couple of years,” Sheedy said on Friday.

    “I’ll get more heavily involved in recruiting (at the end of the season), there’s no doubt about that.”

    Sheedy said age was of no concern in his search for a big-name player, and that his shopping list was simple.

    “I think we could definitely afford two (out-of-contract experienced players) and … we definitely need a key forward, a key back and a key ruck,” the four-time premiership coach said.

    “We’ve got enough small players.

    “Kurt Tippett we didn’t get …. sooner or later, there’s going to be someone that will come up (to western Sydney).”

    Eagles coach John Worsfold, who flanked Sheedy at Friday’s press conference ahead of their home clash in Sydney on Saturday, suggested GWS were going to be a great side.

    “It’s a matter of time and that (one or two senior players) would accelerate it,” Worsfold said of the cellar dwellers, who have collected two wins from their 30 games to date.

    Worsfold and Sheedy laughed as they shared recollections about Essendon and the Eagles’ rivalry in the 1990s.

    But Sheedy said there was no place for nostalgia as he prepared for his last game against West Coast, the club on the receiving end of his iconic jacket-waving and throat-slitting gestures.

    “I never thought of it that way. I don’t worry about that, I’ve nearly done my 50 years in footy and I think it’s about the young kids coming through and superstars like Nic Naitanui,” he said.

    © AAP 2018

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    • May 25th 2013 @ 11:04am
      Pat said | May 25th 2013 @ 11:04am | ! Report

      So the penny has finally dropped – GWS need experienced players to make them successful both on and off the field – who woulda thought? The money wasted on the first three years of this mismanaged fiasco is a disgrace.

      • May 26th 2013 @ 9:39pm
        Chairman Kaga said | May 26th 2013 @ 9:39pm | ! Report

        If the Suns are to go by, in about 12 months barring injuries they will hit their straps. Finals maybe 2 or 3 seasons after that.

        With the massive interest they seem to have generated if the hostility is anything to go, it’ll be chock-a-block at Giants games in a few years.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 3:27pm
      Allan said | May 25th 2013 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

      Nothing is going to make them successful.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 3:47pm
      Pat said | May 25th 2013 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

      They,re copping another flogging as we speak – oh dear.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 6:00pm
      Stavros said | May 25th 2013 @ 6:00pm | ! Report

      Well done GWS. Better performance than the previous home match and against better opposition. Bigger attendance as well, so well done to the people of Western Sydney for sticking with them.

    • May 25th 2013 @ 6:12pm
      Pat said | May 25th 2013 @ 6:12pm | ! Report

      Dear oh dear Stavros – I’ve heard of rose coloured glasses but your comment is ridiculous. They got flogged by 100 against opposition in a canter. The crowd was just over 6,000 on a beautiful sunny day – and once again that figure will be questioned as it sure didn’t look like the stadium was 1/4 full. I’d like to see a breakdown of the claimed 12,000 members – where they come from – what constitutes membership – does Bozo the clown count memberships? I don’t think its a case of the people of western Sydney sticking with them – as yet no one from western Sydney has actually been with them.

      • May 25th 2013 @ 7:31pm
        Stavros said | May 25th 2013 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

        Was the performance better – Yes
        Was the crowd bigger – Yes

        In a couple of years time they will be disappointed with a 10k crowd.

        • May 26th 2013 @ 1:34am
          Allan said | May 26th 2013 @ 1:34am | ! Report

          Either the Iraqi Minister for Information learnt his trade from you or you are taking lessons right out of his book. You are out of your mind if you think Western Sydney is ‘sticking by’ this team when they (we) never warmed to them in the first place. The sooner you accept that Western Sydney was the first place the AFL accepted it wasn’t welcome the better off you will be.

          • May 26th 2013 @ 7:42am
            Stavros said | May 26th 2013 @ 7:42am | ! Report

            The people of Western Sydney did a great job to even turn up yesterday, when they knew it would be a thrashing. Seems like GWS have 5000 to 6000 passionate fans who will turn up no matter what. Future success will see that figure double and then triple.

            • May 26th 2013 @ 1:52pm
              Allan said | May 26th 2013 @ 1:52pm | ! Report

              Free tickets, WCE away fans, most of the GWS membership base are from Canberra or expat Victorians. You can cut that 6000 into 1/3 if you want a true indication of how many people ‘from Western Sydney’ actually watch AFL now.

              AFL didn’t work in Western Sydney, that must hurt if its the code you love but that’s the reality, Western Sydney doesn’t want it.

            • May 26th 2013 @ 1:53pm
              Nick from Sydney said | May 26th 2013 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

              Stavro,
              You are im denial champ. I live in West Sydney and have not met ONE GWS supporter or seen a GWS shirt ever on the street. Complete opposite when compared to the Wanderers. No one cares about AFL out here champ. And people are laughing hysterically at these 6k crowd figure claims. The ground is empty and you can hear a pin drop.

              • May 26th 2013 @ 5:38pm
                Stavros said | May 26th 2013 @ 5:38pm | ! Report

                You are the one in denial. You know they will eventually be successful and it scares the hell out of you. The AFL don’t need to fudge crowd figures. Demetriou knows it going to be a hard slog, so if there was only 1000 there then the AFL would say. Amazing how many people on ‘The Roar’ all of a sudden live in West Sydney.

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            May 27th 2013 @ 10:07am
            Redb said | May 27th 2013 @ 10:07am | ! Report

            says Allan the Minister of Misinformation

    • May 25th 2013 @ 8:28pm
      Matthew Skellett said | May 25th 2013 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

      I think pushing the case for a ‘apparent’ improved performance when you have been beaten by a 100 points makes for a great fantasy novel

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        May 25th 2013 @ 9:43pm
        Martyn50 said | May 25th 2013 @ 9:43pm | ! Report

        The same was said about Sydney 20 years back and see whats happened. Is a well respected National football club. Gold Coast are now competitive and now only time before they make the finals

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