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Sheedy keen to unveil GWS' AFL recruits

Rob Forsaith 02/09/2011 07:05:25 PM Comments (0)

Greater Western Sydney missed out on the signature of Collingwood star Dale Thomas, but coach Kevin Sheedy says the AFL club is almost ready to make some major announcements.

The season will end for nine of the league's 17 teams this weekend, meaning hundreds of players will have unrestrained freedom to walk away from their current side.

Sheedy can't wait.

"I would think in the next fortnight, we'll be making some decent announcements and they'll please a lot of people," he told AAP.

"Because in some ways, we'll be keeping players' careers alive and, in other ways, we'll be resurrecting an opportunity for people in other areas, maybe making them leaders of our club.

"There's some really good, exciting decisions ready to be made soon."

There's been speculation all season about who the Giants will recruit with Tom Scully and Callan Ward two of the names thrown up most consistently.

The conjecture took a turn this morning in Melbourne when Triple M radio suggested GWS were set to unveil a big name who hadn't been connected to the club in the gossip mill.

As was the case when former Adelaide defender Phil Davis walked away from his club mid-season, Sheedy said he was in the dark: "I don't know. I really don't know."

"We're looking forward to announcing some players and seeing what Gubby (football manager Graeme Allan) and SOS (list manager Steve Silvagni) have been up to, what trouble they've been getting into.

"That'll be a lot of their hard work done. Mark Williams and myself have been with the team ... but the recruiting department, we'll find out soon what they've been up to the past 12 months."

And while there's been a general school of thought the Giants will focus on young AFL talent - like Scully, Ward and Davis - Sheedy suggested the likes of Luke Power, who recently played his last game for Brisbane, wouldn't be discounted.

"We'll look at anything. We just have to know what's on the table once the season finishes," he said.

"We've had a lot of success with players late in their career, doing well when I've coached them.

"I've got players out of retirement. I've got guys who have crossed over from clubs like John Barnes and Bryan Wood, who played in a premiership after he left Richmond at about 30.

"Then I got Paul Samon and Tim Watson out of retirement and they got into terrific careers, even after they had stopped playing, Watson played in a premiership.

"So we do pretty well. We got James Hird to age 34, winning a a best and fairest at 34 - that's a great effort.

"John Quinn (former Essendon high performance manager now at GWS) and myself have got a track record of having guys play well late in their careers."

Sheedy, a four-time premiership coach in his 27 years with the Bombers, wasn't surprised Thomas decided to stay with the Magpies.

"He's got every right to stay where he can get a chance - there he is, he's going into a finals series.

"That's a safe bet. Not many guys want to leave a team that's won a premiership do they?"

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