GREATER Western Sydney admits it is wary of trading its No.1 draft pick and giving up the rights to gun young forward Tom Boyd.
The winless Giants are desperately in need of some experienced bodies to aid their cause and stated earlier this season that if, as expected, they snared the first pick for finishing last, it would be on the trading table.
But Boyd, a 199cm, 102kg key forward prospect from the Eastern Ranges, is being billed as a once-in-a-generation talent.
Kevin Sheedy famously orchestrated a trade with Fremantlethat ultimately landed him Matthew Lloyd and Scott Lucas, while givingup two players with AFL experience - Todd Ridley and Tony Delaney.
Lloyd and Lucas would combine for 540 games and kick 1,397 goals for the Bombers.
Ridley kicked the Dockers' first ever AFL goal and combined withDelaney for a grand total of 49 games and 27 goals before both would endtheir careers with other clubs.
"We've said that it's on the table," GWS chief executive Dave Matthews told AFL.com.au of the No.1 pick.
"Now that doesn't mean it's an absolute certainty to be traded because it comes back to a question of currency.
"Can you get equal value for the potential player that you're giving up?
"It's up to the other clubs to come and say 'this is what we're prepared to offer you'.
"You have to remember that we've got a head coach that famously stitched up Fremantle all those years ago in a deal for mature players that certainly weren't stars and picked up Lucas and Lloyd.
"Nobody should expect us to give up the next Matthew Lloyd for nothing.
"It's going to have to be compelling."
That sentiment was reinforced by Sheedy, who is also against the idea of potentially giving up the rights to Boyd.
The veteran coach has no concern for what a winless season would do to his otherwise outstanding coaching record, but he doesn't want to be known as the coach who gave up a possible superstar.
"Personally I don't like trading number one draft picks," he said.
"My job at Essendon was to get a Lloyd in the first couple of picks.
"That stood the test of time. I think Lloyd kicked 900 goals.
"If I'm sitting in judgement over the next few years and I'm sitting there like a former coach of Fremantle saying 'I cleared out a 900-goal kicker', I don't think I'd like to have that on my head."
If the Giants were to keep Boyd and also add Lance Franklin to their list, it would leave them with that pair plus Jeremy Cameron and Jonathon Patton as tall marking forward options for 2014 and beyond.
That's a problem, however, that Sheedy would be happy to create for incoming head coach Leon Cameron.
"Jeremy Cameron might be the All Australian centre halfback in four years," Sheedy said.
"We don't know that."
Sheedy's future beyond 2013 remains uncertain and he flagged the possibility on Friday of taking on an ambassadorial role with the AFL's18th club.
The 65-year-old's focus is always on spreading the AFL word and he suggested the idea of GWS being involved in some unique fixtures in the future, championing the idea of a game in Shanghai "in the next three-to-five years".
But his immediate concern is on building the Giants, who have faced some criticism of late about their on-field performance and hopes of establishing a foothold in western Sydney.
"When you start bringing in new players with senior experience, you not only put a footprint in the west of Sydney with the AFL, but you actually really push that stamp right in there," Sheedy said bullishly.
"You let everybody know we're not leaving, we're staying here forever and we'll keep recruiting players.
"We're getting it right in a lot of other areas, but we're not winning four points at the moment and I understand that.
"But I'm prepared to carry that burden."
James Dampney is a reporter for AFL Media. Follow him on Twitter @AFL_JD