GREATER Western Sydney co-captain Phil Davis has encouraged Toby Greene to not change his ways, likening the star forward to retiring Hawthorn champion Luke Hodge for his ability to play on the edge.
Greene added to his litany of on-field incidents on Sunday when he was reported for striking Richmond defender Alex Rance in the first quarter.
The Match Review Panel graded it as intentional conduct with low impact to the head, handing Greene a two-game ban given his poor record.
The incident marks the 23-year-old's second suspension of the season and fourth time he has been charged by the MRP in 2017.
Despite the disciplinary lapses, Davis said Greene had a similarly fearless style to that of four-time Hawks premiership star Hodge.
"I look at some of the great teams like the Hawthorn era. You talk about the 'unsociable' Hawks, they were on that line for a long (time)," Davis told Fox Footy on Monday night.
"'Hodgey', one of my all-time favourite players, he plays right on that line and that's what Toby has done.
"One thing about Toby, he plays life and death footy, he plays like a man possessed and they're the kind of players we want – I don't want him to play within his shell."
The Hawks were renowned for their 'unsociable' brand of football during their premiership era under coach Alastair Clarkson.
After the 19-point loss to Richmond, Giants coach Leon Cameron expressed his disappointment at Greene's latest brain fade.
"I'll back him into the hilt every day of the week and we have to have a chat again Monday (or) Tuesday about it because it's just flattening and clearly it can break momentum," Cameron said.
"This young kid is worth spending time with because I know his heart's in the right spot and that is he wants to play footy for this footy club from minute one to minute 120, but there are some areas in his game that he needs to tidy up."