Stephen Coniglio ahead of the 2022 season. Picture: @gwsgiants Instagram

LEON Cameron has seen enough from Stephen Coniglio this pre-season to believe his co-captain is turning the corner.

Coniglio has had what Giants coach Cameron describes as a "tough" two years, with form and injury putting a pause on his ascension to one of the premier two-way midfielders in the competition.

Last year was particularly difficult for the 28-year-old, limited to just seven games after a tackle in round three resulted in surgery on both his ankle and toe.

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This followed a 2020 season, Coniglio's first in charge as sole captain, where he struggled for form and faced tight scrutiny following a big-money, long-term contract extension.

Dejected skipper Stephen Coniglio after the Giants' 2021 semi-final loss. Picture: AFL Photos

Although not getting too carried away just yet – he knows it's only pre-season – Cameron said an uninterrupted block of training either side of Christmas had worked wonders.

"We haven't had a game yet but in the mini-match practises we're having, he's moving really freely, he's covering the ground (well), he's fit," Cameron told

"He's done a lot of the basic fundamentals of training which he probably missed a bit, which will hold him in good stead for the year upon us."

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Cameron said Coniglio, who now shares the captaincy with Toby Greene and Josh Kelly, needed some luck with his body to return to his best.

Greater Western Sydney's 2022 co-captains Toby Greene, Stephen Coniglio, and Josh Kelly. Picture: Phil Hillyard

With the training blocks being put in place, his confidence was following suit.

"You're kidding yourself to say it's (confidence) at the highest level because he's had a tough two years," Cameron said.

"Like any sportsperson or anyone in life you're always going to have some down times and he's had a really tough two years with form and also his body.

"I can only go with what I've seen in the pre-season and his confidence levels are starting to rise.

"Injuries can rock a whole year and that's clearly what happened last year.

"Equally you can bounce back and there's so many wonderful stories across the AFL of players bouncing back after injury and a drop in form, and I think we'll see that with Stephen in 2022."