AFL legend Jonathan Brown has questioned GWS’ entire football program for their extensive injury list this season, saying it could “cost them a premiership.”
The Giants have been plagued by injuries and players are continuing to go down, causing the team to drop games that they should not be.
Seven senior players were missing due to injury in the Giants’ disappointing round seven loss to Geelong, including Jeremy Cameron, Brett Deledio, Toby Greene, Josh Kelly, Rory Lobb, Tom Scully and Zac Williams.
Brown is urging Giants management to begin pointing the finger, figuring out where the injury problem is coming from.
“That injury list is disgraceful. It will cost them a premiership, if it hasn’t already cost them a premiership,” Brown told Fox Footy’s On The Couch.
“I’m looking at the conditioners at the club, I’m looking at the program, the coach doesn’t get off because he’s part of that program — and neither do the players. The players need to look at themselves in the mirror and say ‘what am I doing 24/7 to contribute to this?
“If I was in charge of the GWS Giants, I’d be running through the club with a fine-tooth comb.”
Brown explained that while injuries are just another part of football, it is beyond bad luck that the Giants are suffering from injury woes for the second year in a row.
“The trend has been going on for far too long. It’s beyond bad luck. Yes, there’s a little bit of bad luck like the Tom Scully one, but I would seriously need to look at that program now and what’s going on within that program,” Brown said.
“I would question the professionalism of the players, I would question the program that’s in place, maybe the strength and conditioning, maybe the medicos.”