HOMESICK forward Cam McCarthy will quickly rediscover his love for Greater Western Sydney when he returns to the club for pre-season training next week, Giants co-captain Phil Davis says.
McCarthy requested a trade to Fremantle ahead of last month's trade period, citing a desire to be closer to family and friends in Western Australia.
But the Giants refused to let the 20-year-old go, insisting that he fulfil the remaining two seasons of his existing contract.
At the end of the trade period, McCarthy's manager, Colin Young, said his client's desire to return home had not waned and he would again seek a trade to Freo at the end of next season.
However, Davis told SEN radio on Thursday that he was confident McCarthy would quickly put the trade period standoff behind him once he returned to GWS.
"If you listen to what he had to say I think the whole time he said how much he loves the club and loves the boys, but obviously he felt like trying to get back to Perth and being with his family was a priority for him," Davis said.
"And the one thing about Cam is the boys love him and he trains hard. I'm sure once he gets back in amongst the boys he'll remember how much he loves it and we'll just go with that.
"I'm sure he'll return in good condition and the boys will be ready to go and he'll fit in like a glove again.
"He's a much-loved player and everyone can understand that you can miss your family at times, but we know for a fact (that over) the last few years when he's up in Sydney and with the boys he really enjoys it."
Davis said Giants coach Leon Cameron had already acknowledged that the club had to try to find "new ways" to make McCarthy more comfortable being away from his family.
After playing one game in his debut season, 2014, McCarthy enjoyed a breakthrough second season this year, kicking 35 goals in 20 games as he formed a dangerous combination with star spearhead Jeremy Cameron
Davis said McCarthy was an important part of the Giants' future and believed the West Australian would soon rediscover his desire to be part of the club's plans.
"He'll come back and within a few months he'll realise how much he loves the club again and will fit in just like he did," Davis said.
"He'll want to be a part of what we're building because that's the big picture for us and for him as well. Hopefully he can see that we're heading in the right path and we've got a good bunch of guys who can hopefully play some good football."