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AFL Giants want to be known for toughness

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016 By Adrian Warren

Motivated by pundits who suggest they rely on talent alone, GWS Giants want to be recognised for their toughness and getting their hands dirty in AFL combat.

The second-placed Giants are poised to embark on their maiden finals campaign in their fifth season.

They are captivating critics with their speed, fluency and high scoring, but clearly resent the suggestion their rise was an inevitability given the amount of high draft picks they have had.

"When people say `it's just a talented team, this was bound to eventuate,' it is motivation for us because we've worked hard," Giants' midfielder Josh Kelly said on Wednesday.

"We want to be a tough team, we want to be known for our toughness, contested footy, tackling."

Giants' coach Leon Cameron conceded the team probably fluked some wins on talent alone in the past.

"The good thing about our improvement this year is that we want to get our hands dirty," Cameron said.

"You cant win if you don't get your hands dirty. You might fluke a few games and we probably did a couple last year with some of the talent on our list, but you can't constantly rock up every week and think that you can fluke wins."

Cameron said ruckman Rory Lobb (knee) and midfielder Dylan Shiel (soreness) were the only fitness concerns for Saturday's away game against Gold Coast.

He expected both to play unless they had a setback on Friday.

Cameron anticipated having pleasant selection headaches with a rapidly diminishing injury list and around 40 players to choose from.

Defender Aidan Corr and midfielder Jacob Hopper are set to return in the NEAFL this week after long-term injuries and backup ruckman Tom Downie is also available again.

Cameron doubted GWS would consider resting players over the last four rounds.

"We can't afford to rest players because sometimes you can just get out of rhythm," he said.

Neither Cameron or Kelly was overly concerned if the Giants were forced by the AFL to play a home final against Sydney at ANZ Stadium rather than Spotless Stadium.

"We love Spotless, we've played some good footy there, but that's out of our control and we're happy to play anywhere," Kelly said.

Cameron concurred.

"Whether it's Spotless, whether it's ANZ.... you've got to play good tough footy," Cameron said.

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