Axe falls on GWS star Coniglio

11 September 2020 15:32:41 GMTPlus10

Greater Western Sydney have dropped captain Stephen Coniglio for this Saturday's huge game against Melbourne Demons.

Coach Leon Cameron was far from happy as the Giants suffered a shock defeat against the Adelaide Crows in midweek, and Coniglio looks to be a casualty of that performance.

Cameron could mix things up even more for the clash against the Demons, and the news that Coniglio has been left out, shows no-one is safe from the axe.

GWS football manager Jason McCartney broke the news on Friday morning and is backing Coniglio to get back to his best sooner rather than later.

"Stephen is the first to admit that his form hasn't been where he'd like it to be," said McCartney.
"We see this as a speed bump in the road. He's a quality man and he'll bounce back. It's a sign of a strong football club that if people don’t perform at all levels, you need to have hard conversations.

"He's an A-grade footballer, he's an A-grade person and we'll support him and he'll bounce back."

Coniglio signed a bumper seven-year deal in 2019 and maybe the pressure to perform and live up to expectations has started to have an impact on his game.

The Giants are already without Phil Davis, who has cut his season short due to a knee injury, while another former skipper Callan Ward misses out with a finger injury.

Saturday's game is huge with GWS hanging on to eighth spot, while the Demons are just two places and four points below them in the race for finals football.

GWS are priced at 3/4 to beat Melbourne, who are 23/20.

GWS are 10/1 to make the top eight.

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