Callan Ward thinks having difficulties GWS can still contend for an AFL finals berth this year as they aim to give Leon Cameron a winning ship-off towards Carlton.
Former Giants captain Ward admitted the timing of Cameron’s conclusion to step down after nine years as coach strike the taking part in group tricky this 7 days.
The 32-year-outdated stated it had been a sad and psychological several days but expects GWS, 2-6 for the period, to elevate for Cameron’s farewell in opposition to the Blues at Giants Stadium on Sunday.
“We had been a little bit in shock,” Ward advised AAP.
“Even although there was a whole lot of speculation about it, we in all probability failed to actually see it coming when it did.
“But I consider the appropriate connect with has been produced mainly because Leon is the one who’s seriously referred to as it in the finish.
“We haven’t been taking part in our most effective soccer but I’m hoping that we can get a little bit of a elevate out of it and genuinely send off Leon in a great way.”
Despite a “super inconsistent” start to the time, Ward is bullish about the Giants’ prospective customers underneath Cameron’s lengthy-time assistant Mark McVeigh, who will get the reins as caretaker mentor.
“We can convert it all over,” Ward said.
“I continue to firmly consider that we can acquire some game titles of soccer and acquire adequate to play in finals.
“Our most effective is even now quite good and it can be just about bringing that more generally now.”
Ward mentioned the Giants’ midfielders face a substantial take a look at against Carlton’s pink-warm motor home, led by Brownlow Medal favorite Patrick Cripps.
George Hewett returns from a calf injury alongside in-type ball-winners Sam Walsh, Adam Cerra and Matthew Kennedy.
“We know that we will need to beat them in contested ball but also clearances and stoppage operate,” Ward reported.
“Which is a massive focus most weeks but specially towards Carlton, who have been heading truly very well in that area.
“They’ve been participating in some fantastic football and they’ve obtained a large amount of their excellent gamers in actually good form.
“No doubt we’ve obtained our palms whole but I imagine we ought to be genuinely fired up for the prospect.”
Younger forward Jesse Motlop will debut for Carlton, who dropped spearhead Harry McKay (knee), aim-sneak Jack Martin (calf) and defender Lewis Youthful (well being and protection protocols) this week.
GWS have recalled Matt de Boer to their setting up facet and regained Conor Stone, who has defeat a hamstring damage.