Greater Western Sydney player Tom Scully says the team remains disappointed about their finish to last season.
Greater Western Sydney player Tom Scully says the team remains disappointed about their finish to last season. PAUL MILLER

Giants full of hope and ambition

GREATER Western Sydney midfielder Tom Scully says the Giants have a point to prove after a disappointing end to 2016.

Despite finishing in the top four and winning the first final in the club's history, Scully says the end to the season was "very disappointing”.

The Giants lost to the Western Bulldogs in the preliminary final by six points and had to watch the Dogs lift the premiership cup the following week.

"Upon reflection, it is very disappointing the way we finished the year,” Scully said.

"Although the result says we only lost by six points, since we have been back at training we have reviewed the game really strongly and we were actually quite disappointed with the way we played.

"We let ourselves down on the night which is disappointing on such a big occasion. Moving forward into 2017 it has given us a lot of motivation.”

GWS will go into next season as the premiership favourites after adding former Richmond star Brett Deledio via free agency.

However, Scully said the Giants weren't buying into the outside hype surrounding them.

"We know we don't deserve the right to think that we can rock up to season 2017 and think it is all going to happen,” he said on Sportsday radio.

"Every club is full of hope and ambition at the start of the season and we are certainly no different.

"We are under no illusions it is going to be a difficult year and more sides are going to come after us. We are no longer going to fly under the radar. We have proven that our best can match it with anyone. The challenge is going to be to do it on a consistent basis.”

Deledio's waning motivation and "love of the game” at Richmond triggered his decision to walk out after 12 seasons with the Tigers.

He has been welcomed with open arms at the Giants with his experience to be vital in the club's premiership push.

"You can already see, by playing against him (Deledio), we have an enormous amount of respect for the player he is and what he has achieved,” Scully said.

"To have a guy like him come into our group is fantastic. He wants to come in and play his role. There is no doubt he will be a fairly handy role player. Players like that don't come along very often.”



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