MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants kicks a goal during the 2019 AFL round 10 match between the Melbourne Demons and the GWS Giants at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 26, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

Herald Sun journalist Sam Edmund believes GWS midfielder Stephen Coniglio will remain a Giant next season, saying his re-signing is a “fait accompli.”

Coniglio is a restricted free agent at season’s end, and has been linked to Carlton and Hawthorn, as well as news earlier this week suggesting St Kilda were set to offer him a large, lucrative contract.

However, Edmund believes clubs can do as they please now, with Coniglio’s mind already made up.

“I don’t even think Hawthorn were a legitimate chance to get him,” Edmund told SEN Breakfast.

“I’m ruling them out. I think he’ll stay. I think it’s a fait accompli.”

Coniglio has played 130 games for the Giants, and has averaged 24.7 disposals and 4.6 clearances per game over his eight-year career.