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Giants boss threatens to quit AFL club

  • Giants boss threatens to quit AFL club

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 30: Giants Chairman Tony Shepherd speaks during a Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL media session at Giants Stadium on October 30, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

GWS chairman Tony Shepherd has threatened to quit over the feud with Melbourne AFL clubs hung up about the club's academy system.

The Giants have earned the ire of Melbourne clubs this season for their preferential draft treatment and ease of access to young stars who hail from NSW's Riverina region.

Shepherd has had enough.

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"Absolutely," he told 3AW radio when asked if he would consider quitting over the issue.

"I can't stand this constant changing of the rules. It just drives me nuts. We have to apologise every time we win a bloody game. I've had enough.

"Wagga is suddenly going to move south of the border to bloody Victoria. The last time I checked, the Murray River was the borderline.

"If you didn't want the expansion, then why'd you go ahead and do it?"

The Giants have priority access to players who come through the Riverina system at the AFL draft, even if they attend Melbourne boarding schools through their teenage years.

The club were also given early and additional draft picks in their initial seasons, while they still have extra salary cap allowance until 2019.

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