A DEJECTED Leon Cameron is bracing for change at Greater Western Sydney, but says any decision on All Australian midfielder Dylan Shiel’s future is still weeks away.
Speculation about Shiel returning to Victoria has raged all season and has heated up in recent weeks, with the likes of Hawthorn, Essendon and Carlton understood to be most interested.
Attention will swing towards the Giants’ ability to retain its rich talent base now their season is over, eliminated in a 10-point semi-final loss to Collingwood on Saturday night.
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“We’ll deal with that over the next couple of weeks. I’d be disappointed (if Shiel left),” Cameron said.
“There’s a lot of speculation on all of our players, and that’s been the case for a number of years. (There are) guys who have come, and some have gone.
“We’ve done a remarkable job in keeping a number of our players through the expansion years. I think the club’s done a wonderful job.
“We’ve created a really good culture, but there’s always going to be speculation, because we’ve got some good quality players and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”
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GWS is reportedly dealing with a salary cap squeeze ahead of next year, when the likes of Shiel, Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Adam Tomlinson, Nick Haynes, Rory Lobb, Harry Himmelberg and Jacob Hopper come out of contract.
That makes the Shiel situation an even more fascinating one, with the Giants possibly having to sacrifice a key piece for the greater good.
Veteran midfielder Ryan Griffen announced his retirement post-match, so the change has already begun.
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