NARRANDERA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 18: Josh Kelly of the Giants competes for the ball during the 2017 JLT Community Series match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and the West Coast Eagles at Narrandera Sports Ground on February 18, 2017 in Narrandera, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Award winning veteran journalist, Mike Sheahan, believes Greater Western Sydney are an absolute certainty to reach the grand final this season.

The Giants, who narrowly missed out on a place in their maiden grand final last season, defeated the Eagles by 33 points in their opening JLT Community Series match on the weekend and the former Herald Sun journalists believes they will be nigh impossible to stop this season.

“I’ve never been in mid-February and watched a team and said that team will play in the Grand Final, 17 sides are playing for one spot this year,” Sheahan said on SEN Radio on Monday morning.

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GWS that first 20 minutes was overpowering, it was compelling to watch that against West Coast, they made West Coast look like the old Brisbane Bears.

“Grand Final day it’s all square when you get there, but they will play in the Grand Final.”

Sheahan also pointed to the stinging loss in the preliminary final to the Bulldogs, as a driving force behind the side.

“They were burnt by what happened in the preliminary final last year, they believed they should’ve been, they are convinced they should’ve played in the Grand Final,” Sheahan said.