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Giants not interested in Brendan Fevola

Guy Hand 07/08/2011 01:47:46 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy has ruled out his side offering an AFL lifeline to Brendan Fevola next season.

Sheedy says Fevola is not on the Giants' radar for their entry into the competition in 2012.

And he suggested retiring Western Bulldog Barry Hall would be a better fit for GWS than Fevola, who is playing in the second-tier VFL competition, trying to resurrect a career stalled by alcohol and gambling problems.

"I don't think we'd be going for Fev," Sheedy told the Seven Network's AFL Game Day.

"Would you go for Fev or Barry Hall? The guy who knows Sydney, and if you went that way, you would probably go for Barry Hall."

Hall, who won a premiership during his time with the Sydney Swans, would be highly unlikely to go back on his recent decision to retire at the end of the season.

The 34-year-old is battling a chronic ankle problem which has severely curtailed his season and his ability to train.

But he has managed five-goal hauls in his past three matches and 34 goals in just 11 games this year.

Fevola kicked 11 goals in a match for his VFL side Casey last month to show some semblance of his best.

Yet Sheedy believes luring young talent on the rise to the Giants is the best way forward for the fledgling club.

Already GWS have secured Adelaide defender Phil Davis for 2012.

Melbourne's Tom Scully, Collingwood midfielder Dale Thomas, Western Bulldog Callan Ward, St Kilda utility Brendon Goddard and Brisbane ruck-forward Mitch Clark head the GWS wishlist.

Sheedy refused to speculate on who the Giants had signed for their inaugural season, as they continue to be linked with some of the competition's hottest off-contract talent.

But Sheedy was cool on the prospect of recruiting ex-AFL player Andrew Lovett after he was recently acquitted of rape.

He played under Sheedy at Essendon before moving to St Kilda, where he was sacked without playing a match.

"Our preference at the moment would be to work with younger kids we've got," Sheedy said.

"We'll sit down at the appropriate time and, if we want to go for him (Lovett), we will.

"But he would have to have a great attitude to turning up and playing, like he didn't do at St Kilda."

The Giants also have the right to pre-list experienced players like Lovett and Fevola, then trade them to other clubs for draft picks.

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