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GWS Giants lock in Coniglio until 2019

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 Adrian Warren

Midfielder Stephen Coniglio is confident the GWS Giants can win a flag by the time his contract expires after becoming the latest big name to re-commit to the emerging AFL power.

Coniglio has signed a two-year contract extension, taking him through to the end of the 2019 season.

The Giants, who will host a preliminary final against Hawthorn or the Western Bulldogs on Saturday week, have locked away most of their major midfield talent for the short to medium term.

Callan Ward and Tom Scully are contracted to 2021, Lachie Whitfield Ryan Griffen and ruckman Shane Mumford to 2018, with Josh Kelly and Dylan Shiel coming off contract after next season.

One of the club's foundation players,. 22-year-old West Australian Coniglio has been one of the pivotal figures this season in the Giants' rise.

Setting a club record for most disposals in a season, he was named in the initial 40-man All Australian squad.

Coniglio said extending his contract was a no-brainer and he couldn't see any reason not to stick with GWS.

He said the prospect of future success was the main reason for extending his contract and was bullish about the Giants' chances of winning a flag in that period.

"For sure, I think we definitely have the list to do it, and the people behind the scenes.

"There's obviously a lot of clubs out there that have the same goal in mind but, deep down, I know that we've got the group to do it."

Highly regarded by his colleagues, Coniglio joined the leadership group this year and widely considered to be a captaincy candidate down the track.

"One day, if the opportunity arises, I'd be definitely interested (in the captaincy) but, for now, (co-captains) Callan (Ward) and Phil (Davis) are definitely the two standouts."

The Giants have lost the odd quality player in their first few years, but general manager of football Wayne Campbell was optimistic they could continue retaining most of their key men and that Coniglio's decision could have a positive snowball effect.

'We've managed to do a reasonable job with it at the moment," Campbell said.

"The more people of the calibre of Stephen that sign on, I'm sure the next person there looks at it and goes 'geez, I wouldn't mind being on board as well.

"We've already seen that we will lose players along the way, and all good clubs do, but we think we've got the nucleus that will give us success going forward."

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