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GWS and Suns heading in different directions

  • GWS and Suns heading in different directions

    GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Tom Downie of the Giants and Tom Nicholls of the Suns compete in a ruck contest during the 2015 AFL round 16 match between the Gold Coast Suns and the GWS Giants at Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia on July 18, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

What a difference a month has made to the fortunes of the two youngest AFL clubs, who will clash in Sydney on Saturday.

After three rounds the Suns were flying at 3-0 and the Giants were 1-2.

Fast forward four weeks and the Suns have crashed to 3-4 on the back of four straight losses.

Conversely, the Giants are entrenched in the eight with a healthy 5-2 record after four consecutive wins, including a 75-point thrashing of defending three-time premiers Hawthorn.

While pundits endlessly debate the different list policies of the competition's two newest franchises, the Giants aren't interested in adding to the chatter.

"Externally, I suppose a lot of people compare the Giants and Gold Coast," Giants' winger Tom Scully told AAP.

"But definitely, internally as a footy club, we don't spend too much time thinking about how our list compares to others."

A win on Saturday would enable GWS to emulate their 6-2 start of last season.

All the external hype about a maiden finals campaign and even a genuine title tilt doesn't seem to have penetrated the Giants lair.

"It's a long season and we're under no illusions, we've still got a long way to go and a lot of improvement ahead," Scully said.

Former No.1 draft pick Scully is one Giant posting career-best numbers in 2016.

He is averaging close to 27 disposals a game, well up on any of his six previous AFL seasons.

"I've been steadily building," Scully said.

He believes the spate of early thrashings GWS suffered helped toughen up their many talented youngsters.

"A lot of the group have been there since the start and they endured the tough times, but I think it's built resilience in our group," Scully said.

"Things take time and as you can see now, the guys are 22, 23 years old, they've played four of five years at AFL level. so they know what it takes.

"I think persistence has paid off for the footy club. They put a lot of games into those guys early on and it's certainly paying dividends for us at the moment."

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