GWS co-captain Josh Kelly spoke to the media yesterday about what has been a disappointing season for the Giants. The Giants have won four games this season and have seen the departure of their coach Leon Cameron.
Apart from 2020 (season disrupted to COVID), this would be the first time since 2015 that the Giants would not be playing in the finals this season.
"It's disappointing for the whole club if that's the case, I think we're a club over the last patch we've always been amongst and always given ourselves the chance to play finals," Kelly said.
"No doubt our goal has been to play in a Grand Final and win a Grand Final I think all teams have that aspiration.
"Luckily enough we've built a really strong culture, and a really strong foundation where that is the expectation, so to be hovering just outside of that mark it is disappointing for us but at the same time I think we're really wary of the fact it's not a season lost.
"I think in these time it's really important to keep addressing certain areas keep working on certain parts of game plan, keep working on things off field and growing as players and because ultimately that's gonna set us up for the years ahead.
"So I think that's something we'll take a lot of pride in the back half of the year, like I said it's not a season lost and we still wanna put our foot down and hopefully have some good wins and playing some good games of footy."
"We're really aware of the fact that you can't just switch off and on. If you wanna have a strong foundation as a tea and have a strong culture so that's what we'll be working towards for sure."
The Giants have been competitive in their past two close matches against finals contenders the Western Bulldogs, and Collingwood on the weekend, although could not get the wins.
"Yeah it is frustrating because ultimately you do wanna see some results, I think we've played good patches of football for large durations of the games against two quality sides. But I mean at the end of the day we need to produce that for four quarters," Kelly stated.
"There have been little lapses throughout games, that's cost us and two teams that are playing really good footy, so you gotta respect that at the same time they brought their strengths and played four quarters of footy better than we did ultimately.
"It is frustrating but at the same time we're quite happy with the few areas of our game and continually assessing those areas, reviewing that, and then hopefully growing on that each week, so there are definitely areas that we're happy with but also areas that we need to do a bit more consistently."
The 27 year old outlined how he is focussing on his consistency and building on the team's culture, and looking forward to the younger players starting to break out at the Giants.
"I think the biggest thing that I'm trying to aim for is consistency, I think over the last few years at times it's been up and down but I think you know working really well with the midfield unit in there," he said.
"I'm a big believer in you gotta have that chemistry and you gotta continue to build that, and you're only as good as your teammates make you.
"So I feel like I've had good patches throughout the year, but that's in big thanks to my teammates and coaches put me in the right positions to impact games.
"I think it's been a consistent year for myself and I'm enjoying alongside Coggsy (Stephen Coniglio), we got Timber (Tim Taranto) back in there on the weekend, Hoppsy (Jacob Hopper) is a chance to return this week.
"We've also got some young boys coming through like Tanner (Tanner Bruhn), I think (Lachie) Ash has played portions in there, and Tom Green of course is having a fantastic year.
"I enjoy seeing those boys come through and having an impact, so I think I'm in an alright spot but my aim is to continue and having an impact. I think I'm in an alright spot but my aim is to continue from here and finish out the season."
The Giants are to face the Hawks at GIANTS Stadium this Sunday July 3.
"Hawthorn's a team that's going really well, they're a young team playing an exciting brand of footy so it's another good game for us," Kelly stated.
We've had a few close ones over the last few weeks, so the opportunity is there for us to play some good footy, continue working on the brand that we're trying to display at the moment and ultimately we do want to get the four points off the back of a good brand of footy so, it's an exciting opportunity for us against a team that's going well."