Cameron offers Coniglio support

16 December 2020 21:41:04 GMTPlus11

GWS coach Leon Cameron says gun midfielder Stephen Coniglio struggled to deal with the responsibility of being captain but believes he will bounce back in 2021.

Coniglio was named as the Giants skipper in December 2019 but the burden of carrying it had a clear effect on him as he struggled to find his best form.

So much so, it resulted in Cameron making the tough call to take him out of the team in round 17 as the Giants desperately tried to grab a finals spot.

They still missed out on the eight and Coniglio had to deal with being the first AFL captain to be dropped in 22 years of the competition. 

"That (dropping Coniglio) was a really hard decision and one that we didn't take lightly, especially at that time of year," Cameron told SEN. "Stephen's had some challenges throughout the year - his first year as captain.

"I think absorbing all that responsibility until you actually get in the role can be quite daunting and he'd be the first to admit that."

Cameron is now backing the 27-year-old to learn from 2020 and come back stronger in the new AFL campaign.

"Cogs had a lot on his plate and he probably had too much on his plate, which probably affected his footy," he added.
"I just want him to get back to playing the footy that I know he can and I think he's going to be a fantastic captain."

Cameron also confirmed that meetings with the leadership group have taken place and is confident they can put last season's 10th place finish behind them.

GWS are priced at 14/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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