TOBY Greene's marking technique might have sparked some furious debate over the weekend, but his Greater Western Sydney teammates have backed him to attack the ball in his own way.
Greene escaped sanction for an incident in the Giants' 49-point win over Sydney in Saturday's elimination final, when his outstretched leg made contact, with the body of Nic Newman.
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The star forward marked the footy on that occasion and while MRO Michael Christian said Greene had no case to answer over impact of the contact, he conceded a free kick should have been paid to the Swan for the action he deemed "careless" and "unreasonable".
Teammate Jeremy Cameron, who had his own controversy this year after a mid-season five-game suspension for striking Brisbane's Harris Andrews, said Greene's marking technique was a unique case.
"I'm sure there's little conversations he might have with Leon (Cameron) this week (about his technique), but it's a grey area, so until the AFL changes the rules, he'll just keep playing the footy on its merits," he said.
"He's protecting his space and I'm sure you could pull out tapes of (other) players doing very similar things over the years.
"I think it's part of Toby's game that is quite unique and guys have different traits that they use in games."
Sydney fans made Greene public enemy number one last week and it didn't faze the 2016 club champion and All Australian, who kicked three goals and had 27 possessions, but he'll have plenty more voices to contend with against Collingwood on Saturday night.
Cameron said Greene and the rest of the team know exactly what to expect from Magpies supporters at the MCG.
"I think he embraces it, he's one of those guys that doesn't care about too much he just plays footy," he said.
"It could go both ways, you can lose your concentration, and everything can fall apart, or it gets you going and inspires you.
"We saw on the weekend he was one of our better players, if not best on, and it gets him up and about.
"They can give it to him all they like, he'll concentrate and play his role."