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Saturday, 7 September 2019

Why retiring Giant isn't ruling out miracle return


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Injured GWS Giants star Brett Deledio has refused to fully rule out a return from his calf injury as he awaits results from scans taken on Sunday morning.

Deledio was left emotional at the end of the Giants' elimination final win after sustaining a remarkable 31st calf injury since his move to the Giants at the end of 2016.

After announcing that he would retire at the end of the season, the injury appears to be a death knell to his hopes of playing in an elusive premiership, but the 32-year-old refused to shut the door on a possible return later in the finals.

"There is still a little glimmer (of hope)," he told Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

Brett Deledio

"I've got a scan (this morning) to find out the full extent of it. I'm holding onto a little bit of hope that it's not as bad as what I feel at the moment.

"I felt it midway through the first quarter and I knew that if I come off then I wouldn't be allowed back on and I'd put my teammates under risk for the rest of the finals series, so I wanted to play my bit.

"I knew if I'd done some damage because I've done enough of them to know what it feels like, so I might as well enjoy what it is and be out there and battle through the pain. It was tough but I felt like I did my little bit."

It was a commanding performance from the Giants, who have once again been ravaged by injury this season with the likes of Deledio, Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio all spending time on the sidelines.

Leon Cameron

With the Giants' patchy form, coach Leon Cameron has been criticised for not getting the best out of a talented list, but Deledio gave a ringing endorsement of his under-fire coach.

"I think Leon really knows the buttons to push for every one of his players and what it takes to get them ready to be at their best," he said.

"He's a special individual and he certainly has a fantastic relationship with a lot of his players.

"We absolutely love playing for him I think you can see that. The outside scrutiny is something he can't control and he's probably unfairly judged with the cattle that he's had in the rehab room versus out there on the park playing for him."

Injured GWS Giants star Brett Deledio has refused to fully rule out a return from his calf injury as he awaits results from scans taken on Sunday morning.

Deledio was left emotional at the end of the Giants' elimination final win after sustaining a remarkable 31st calf injury since his move to the Giants at the end of 2016.

After announcing that he would retire at the end of the season, the injury appears to be a death knell to his hopes of playing in an elusive premiership, but the 32-year-old refused to shut the door on a possible return later in the finals.

"There is still a little glimmer (of hope)," he told Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

Brett Deledio

"I've got a scan (this morning) to find out the full extent of it. I'm holding onto a little bit of hope that it's not as bad as what I feel at the moment.

"I felt it midway through the first quarter and I knew that if I come off then I wouldn't be allowed back on and I'd put my teammates under risk for the rest of the finals series, so I wanted to play my bit.

"I knew if I'd done some damage because I've done enough of them to know what it feels like, so I might as well enjoy what it is and be out there and battle through the pain. It was tough but I felt like I did my little bit."

It was a commanding performance from the Giants, who have once again been ravaged by injury this season with the likes of Deledio, Josh Kelly and Stephen Coniglio all spending time on the sidelines.

Leon Cameron

With the Giants' patchy form, coach Leon Cameron has been criticised for not getting the best out of a talented list, but Deledio gave a ringing endorsement of his under-fire coach.

"I think Leon really knows the buttons to push for every one of his players and what it takes to get them ready to be at their best," he said.

"He's a special individual and he certainly has a fantastic relationship with a lot of his players.

"We absolutely love playing for him I think you can see that. The outside scrutiny is something he can't control and he's probably unfairly judged with the cattle that he's had in the rehab room versus out there on the park playing for him."

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