‘Admit you’ve got it wrong’: Footy greats call for brutal Giants demotion

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd believes the GWS Giants should strip Stephen Coniglio of the captaincy and install Toby Greene as his successor after the latter’s brilliant performance as stand-in skipper on Saturday evening.

Coniglio became the Giants’ captain in 2020 after turning his back on Victorian clubs and signing a seven-year deal to remain at the club, but his first year was marred by poor form that ultimately saw him dropped from the side in the back-end of the year.

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With Coniglio currently on the sidelines for up to 10 weeks with syndesmosis, Greene starred in his first game as stand-in skipper, kicking five goals and willing his side over the line against Collingwood at the MCG.

Speaking on Channel 9’s Footy Classified, Lloyd pushed for the 2016 All-Australian to be made permanent captain.

“Some players thrive with the captaincy and some it’s like a noose around their neck,” Lloyd said.

“I feel like Stephen Coniglio, it has never sat comfortably with Stephen, whereas Toby, he just rolls with it and I think he inspires the other players, whereas Stephen Coniglio maybe not so much.

“I think they’ve got a massive decision to make and for me I would make it that Toby Greene is the Giants captain.”

Toby Greene and Stephen Coniglio.Source:News Corp Australia

Lloyd believed the decision could help “get Stephen’s career back on track”, while Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes said there were plenty of examples where such a decision benefited teams.

“Is it any different to (Luke) Hodge and (Sam) Mitchell or (Rory) Sloane and (Taylor) Walker?” Cornes asked.

“Admit you got it wrong. (Tom) Jonas and (Ollie) Wines didn’t work at Port Adelaide. Ollie Wines isn’t captain anymore, Jonas is the captain. Admit it didn’t work and move on.”

Footy Classified host Craig Hutchison said that, even with a seven-year contract, the Giants could still try and move Coniglio on depending on what the market value for his services is after a poor year.

“It’s a lot of money tied up in one player that hasn’t worked as captain,” Hutchison said.

“The currency isn’t what it was but it did cross my mind that kind of money tied up in one player.”

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