EVEN Greater Western Sydney must have had some doubts Stephen Coniglio was going to re-sign as his contract stalemate wore on this season.

On this week's Road to the Draft podcast, Giants recruiting manager Adrian Caruso discusses the club's back-up plan if their star midfielder didn't recommit.

How much does a long wait like that shape a club's recruiting decisions? Did he believe Coniglio was on the way out? And how did the Giants celebrate his re-signing?

Caruso, who has helped shape the Giants' list ahead of their preliminary final clash with Collingwood on Saturday, shares his insights.

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In this week's episode...

GWS recruiting manager Adrian Caruso gives a rundown on his club's plans for the off-season, why he's excited by this year's draft pool, how the Giants prepare for a bid on Academy gun Tom Green, how to deal with impatient draftees, and an update on the Giants' youngsters.

Episode guide 

0:45 – Caruso's view on the Giants' build to the preliminary final.

3:20 – Coach Leon Cameron's involvement in the draft process. 

4:30 – What is this year's draft's point of difference?

7:05 – The draft prospects who have boosted their hopes in recent finals performances.

12:00 – Caruso's take on the early leaders for the No.1 pick in 2020.

13:00 – Where are the Giants expecting a bid to come for Academy prospect Tom Green?

14:30 – A look at last year's draft haul for the Giants, including why the club took Jackson Hately ahead of Zak Butters.

17:10 – Inside last year's draft trading and the Giants' move to grab exciting youngster Ian Hill.

22:00 – Where the Giants ranked semi-final hero Brent Daniels in his draft year, and why he slipped down the order.

27:20 – An insight into the club's "plan B" if Stephen Coniglio left, and why there were doubts on his future.

30:00 – Who has been the hardest player to replace – Dylan Shiel, Tom Scully or Rory Lobb?

33:20 – Why the Giants are receiving plenty of calls in the lead-up to this year's trade period.

33:55 – An update on the club's interest in Adelaide big man Sam Jacobs, and what's happening with free agent Adam Tomlinson?