Giants coach frustrated at AFL injuries

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Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron admits frustration at his AFL club's wretched run of injuries.

But Cameron is making a conscious effort not to let his irritation boil over as he grapples with 16 players on his injured list ahead of Saturday's away trip to play Brisbane.

"I would be lying to say that I'm not frustrated ... it's just one of those things at the moment that you have just got to deal with," Cameron told reporters on Thursday.

"Our players are dealing with it really well ... we have just got to make sure that myself and the coaches are not getting too frustrated with it."

Key backman Sam Taylor is the latest long-term ailment, with the 22-year-old to miss eight games after suffering an ankle injury in last weekend's win against West Coast.

Taylor joins fellow tall defenders Phil Davis and Lachlan Keefe on the sidelines, putting coach Cameron in a quandry as he seeks to combat a Brisbane attack headed by 201cm-tall Joe Daniher and 202cm-tall Eric Hipwood.

"It's another opportunity for a young player to come in or shuffle the decks around," he said.

"Whether or not we shift a forward down there or we got a little bit smaller, we are just working through that.

"They (Brisbane) are big, clearly Hipwood and Daniher sit over that 200cm mark.

"When you're a little bit undermanned ... it's a collective approach and adding flavour to that might be a forward.

"But equally, I'd like to think that our midfield is in some really good form and our forward line is in good form and I have got to be careful of taking that apart too much just to fix our backline.

"We will be undersized regardless ... they have got good ground ball players and if you spend all your day worrying about the talls, then that's paying no respect to (Charlie) Cameron on the ground level or (Zac) Bailey."

Despite their spate of injuries, the Giants are in eighth spot with Cameron highlighting the growth of a batch of younger fill-ins.

"Opportunity is one of the greatest things in life," he said.

"When you get that building amongst your group it creates lots of enthusiasm ... we are 18th at the moment in terms of experience, we have probably been there for about four or five weeks.

"I said at the start of the year we want to be hard to play against - we feel as though we have done that for the majority of the year."

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