Greater Western Sydney will review its management of players in a bid to avoid the raft of injuries which have for a second consecutive season cruelled its quest for an inaugural premiership.
Coach Leon Cameron believes the Giants are making ground on the rest of the competition despite the club bowing out in the semi-finals, one week earlier than the previous two seasons when they made the preliminary final.
The Giants were knocked in the semi-finals by Collingwood.
It was a "very sombre" group of players who arrived back in Sydney on Sunday after their elimination the night before at the hands of Collingwood, who won the right to take on reigning premiers Richmond for a place in this year's grand final.
While the Giants were ultimately beaten by a club that has also been racked with a crowded casualty ward, they believe their lengthy injury list has hurt them this campaign.
Last year's best and fairest winner Josh Kelly, veteran backman Heath Shaw and key defender Aidan Corr were among seven first-choice Giants unavailable on the weekend.
They got one game out of their quickest midfielder Tom Scully, two from running back Zac Williams, All Australian forward Toby Greene played nine and Brett Deledio and Jonathon Patton 11 and 12 respectively.
There was a three-week period last month when the Giants, then one of the form teams in the competition, lost nine players to injury.
Bad luck played its part with Scully, Williams, Shaw, Patton and Dawson Simpson succumbing to collision injuries or accidents, but Greene, Corr and Sam Taylor were among those whom the Giants may find they could have managed better.
"Do we have to tweak some things? Definitely because we fell short again but I can't see wholesale changes," Cameron said. "It's a tweak here and there.
"We have to recover and make sure our players are out on the park a little bit more. Clearly the last two years it's hit us hard the injuries, we need to get that right, but I'm confident the club is heading in the right direction.
"Ninety percent of it is footy, but we have to get our 10 per cent right. If we don't get our 10 per cent right then that hurts you, that two or three players.
"We have to look at it as a coaching staff and footy club because you need your players running out every week more frequently than we had this year."
The Giants earned respect for the resilience they showed and were encouraged by the strong form of youngsters like Harry Himmelberg, Jacob Hopper and Tim Taranto.
"We're disappointed because we put ourselves in a position to go another step into a prelim but we weren't good enough, Collingwood were better and deserve to go into a prelim," Cameron said.
"It's not a wasted year because no year is ever wasted. I think a number of our young fellas got some really good experience this year.
"I thought we showed some really good resilience in the back half of the year to overcome the obstacles we had but ultimately you're judged on finals peformances. We were good last week and OK today."
Vice-captain Stephen Coniglio said making finals was no longer good enough.
"The bigger picture is how we overcome this. We want to be a team that wins premierships," Coniglio said. "At the moment we keep getting close and missing."
The Giants are likely to be central figures in next month's trade and free agency period. Dylan Shiel, who has a year to run on his contract, is again being linked to a move back home to Victoria, while Tom Scully and Rory Lobb could also be on the move as the Giants look to free up room in a tight salary cap.
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