Sheedy wants stronger bodies

Sportal July 1, 2012, 9:53 am
Kevin Sheedy

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Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy plans to bolster his roster with hardened AFL players from rival clubs in a bid to make his side more competitive next season.

Speaking after his side's 94-point loss at the hands of cross-town rivals Sydney Swans on Saturday night, the veteran mentor conceded reinforcements are needed while he waits for his young stars to develop.

"We've got to recruit some stronger players to help these younger players for next year and we'll do that," Sheedy said.

"We'll be out there scouring the countryside and looking at players that aren't happy at their clubs and don't think they'll get a really good chance at their club and if they're anywhere near off contract, or their clubs might let them go, we'll work out what can happen.

"(We're looking for) players of the age group between 21 and 26, someone that's got a bit of life left in them.

"We don't want to be picking another bunch of 30-year-olds, we went that way but now we want to get the next crew to help the team."

After a competitive opening half against the Swans the Giants faded badly in the final two terms, conceding 11-goals-to-three.

Sheedy labelled his side's latest loss 'disappointing' and revealed the defeat has come at a heavy cost, with veteran Luke Power (ribs) and promising youngster Dylan Shiel (foot) both expected to be sidelined for several weeks.

"Luke Power's gone to hospital, I think he may have broken ribs, at present that's what they could be but the x-ray will tell us that," Sheedy said.

"Dylan Shiel's got a problem with his foot, it might be a busted toe or a crack or something, we do not know that yet.

"That's going to get scanned and he may be in trouble for the rest of the year yet."

He added of his side's performance against the Swans: "I was disappointed, I thought we played a pretty solid first half and didn't really get the benefit on the scoreboard.

"But our boys just allowed Sydney Swans to really take over eventually, particularly in the last quarter so it was disappointing from that point of view.

"If we go back to what happened in Round 1 I think we kicked one more point and they kicked five more goals so they've improved more than us, which is disappointing.

"Nothing against Sydney Swans but I would have liked to have had a better scoreline."

Meanwhile, Sheedy says high-profile recruit Israel Folau is likely to return to the senior side in a fortnight after getting through his first game back from a hamstring injury in the reserves unscathed.

Folau played for UWS Giants in the curtain-raiser to the main game and kicked one goal.

"He might come back (against Hawthorn next Sunday) but probably the following week," Sheedy said.

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