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‘SOS got it wrong’: Sheedy’s draft pleas for Grundy ignored by Giants

Jacobs, meanwhile, was discarded by Adelaide last season and signed a two-year contract with GWS, but has played just seven games and often struggled when he has been picked over Mumford.

Sheedy, the Giants’ inaugural coach, is adamant GWS could have had a generational talent on their books in Grundy had the club’s then list manager Stephen Silvagni listened to him at the 2012 AFL draft.

Brodie Grundy is widely regarded as one of the AFL's best ruckmen.

Brodie Grundy is widely regarded as one of the AFL’s best ruckmen. Credit:Luis Enrique Ascui

The Giants had five top-20 picks in that draft and used them on Lachie Whitfield, Jonathan O’Rourke, Lachie Plowman, Kristian Jaksch and Aidan Corr.

Only Whitfield and Corr are still at the club, but GWS have confirmed the latter will leave at the end of the season to return to Melbourne.

Grundy, meanwhile, slipped to Collingwood at pick 18 despite the advice of Sheedy and his assistant, Mark Williams, that the Giants pounce on a player they believed to be a generational talent.

“It was always going to bite them when they missed Grundy,” Sheedy said.

Kevin Sheedy claims he wanted to draft Brodie Grundy in 2012 but was overruled by GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni.

Kevin Sheedy claims he wanted to draft Brodie Grundy in 2012 but was overruled by GWS list manager Stephen Silvagni.Credit:Rohan Thomson

“He wasn’t playing up the bush, or tiddlywinks, or in the under-18s in Melbourne. He was playing at Sturt in the SANFL. Everybody could see it.

“At that stage, with all the draft picks we had, surely we could pick a bloody good ruckman with potential. In the end, they picked four players that most likely won’t play in a grand final … it’s annoyed me ever since.

“It is the first time I’ve never been allowed to have an opinion in the draft as a head coach. And I thought, well, we’ll wait five years.

“All Mark and I were told is ‘you guys coach the team and we’ll do the selection’ and that was a bullshit decision. SOS [Silvagni] got it wrong, Mark Williams and I were watching like a couple of wise old owls on a branch.”

Time has proved them both right, with Grundy a bonafide AFL superstar and two-time All Australian who is in the prime of a sensational career at Collingwood, while the Giants are trying to make do with two weathered veterans.

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As for the other big talking point at the Giants, coach Leon Cameron’s controversial decision to drop captain Stephen Coniglio, Sheedy was far less critical, noting that he also axed Essendon skipper Simon Madden in 1981, his first year as Bombers coach.

“I dropped my captain. He’s a guy that was a legend – after I dropped him, he became a legend,” he said.

“He was playing very ordinary. He was hurt, obviously – we all get hurt. But it made us a great club in the end. I went and got him a ruck coach that made him an absolutely fantastic ruckman, and became a great leader at Essendon without the title called ‘captain’.

“Coniglio will learn by this, he’ll be a fantastic leader in the end. He’s a marvellous young man. It’s only a two-hour deal. Get on with life.”

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