GREATER Western Sydney has continued to revamp its on-field leadership under new captain Stephen Coniglio.
Coniglio, who took over from inaugural co-captains Phil Davis and Callan Ward in December, will take charge of a six-man leadership group in his first year as skipper of the Giants.
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Davis and Ward – who were the competition's longest serving captains along with Geelong's Joel Selwood until the change after eight seasons – have stepped away from any official leadership role, but the pair will continue to have a strong influence on the GWS playing group.
The Giants won't have any vice-captains under Coniglio, instead entrusting Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer to support the star midfielder, along with newcomers Jeremy Cameron, Toby Greene and Lachie Whitfield.
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Three of the Giants' most important players, Cameron, Greene and Whitfield have faced some difficult times on and off the field across their careers but are highly respected members of the club.
Cameron won last year's Coleman Medal after kicking 76 goals for the season, while Greene and Whitfield are crucial members of the team.
All three players have won the Giants' club champion award and been named in the Virgin Australia AFL All Australian team.
GWS footy boss Jason McCartney said the decision shows how far Cameron, Greene and Whitfield have come with their maturity.
"All three players have been instrumental to the growth of the Giants in recent years and a spot in the official leadership group is well deserved," he said.
"We’re very fortunate at the Giants to have some outstanding leaders and I’m really confident in the mix of players that will be supporting Stephen as on-field leaders.
"To have this group supported by Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who’ve led the club brilliantly since inception, has us in a really strong position for the upcoming season."
Coniglio could lead the Giants for the first time as captain when the Giants take on Sydney in round one of the Marsh Community Series on Saturday February 29, but he might have to hand the skipper's duties to one of his deputies if he's picked to represent the All Stars in the AFL's bushfire charity game against Victoria the night before.
Retired NRL champion Cooper Cronk, who joined the Giants as a leadership consultant in the off-season, was part of the process.