#3 Stephen Coniglio


Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 16, 2011
AFL Club

Coniglio's elevation to vice-captain could be just the start
Adam Curley
March 7, 2017 12:21 PM

STEPHEN Coniglio's elevation to vice-captain of Greater Western Sydney for 2017 is further proof that the midfielder is destined for higher leadership honours at the club.

Voted into the leadership group for the first time last year, Coniglio takes over the vice-captaincy from former housemate Heath Shaw, who pushed the onballer's case to coach Leon Cameron when the pair sat down last week.

Shaw will remain part of the seven-man leadership structure alongside co-captains Callan Ward and Phil Davis, who are back for a sixth season in charge, with Dylan Shiel, Devon Smith and Josh Kelly, another former No.2 draft pick, also on board for the first time.

Defender Matt Buntine drops out of the group after one season.

Cameron said Coniglio had been an impressive young leader since he first arrived at the club as an original Giant, as have most of the club's young stars.

"Stephen has got great character, he's respected by his peers, and he's a really popular person amongst our playing group," he said.

"And it's not just Stephen, it's everyone up here.

"Devon (Smith) captained the team on the weekend (against the Swans), and watching him deal with some situations out there, compared to three or for years ago, was like chalk and cheese.

"Dylan (Shiel) will captain the side (against North Melbourne) this week in Canberra and so on, and Stephen has been through that as well.

"They're all young lads who can play the game, they're bonafide AFL players who can contribute on the field, but they know they want to get outside themselves and look after their teammates as well, and point them in the right direction."

Coniglio was honoured to be given the promotion and being recommended for the role by Shaw was extra humbling, given the pair's close relationship, but the West Australian couldn't resist a dig at the Giants' resident jokester.

"I think 'Shawry' went for the top job but missed out, so he's now at the back of the line," he said with a laugh.

"I think he'll be alright, he was a bit upset but he's fine now.

"I lived with him for three years and what he did for my footy in that time, when I was pretty inconsistent with how I was playing, was teach me how to get a good balance and perform week in, week out.

"It wasn't only on field but he mentored me off-field in a leadership capacity, and I'm very grateful for that."



Norm Smith Medallist
Sep 16, 2011
AFL Club

Coniglio Nearing Return

25 April 2017 11:40 AM

GIANTS vice-captain Stephen Coniglio is nearing a return to the field after a pre-season ankle injury.

The 23-year-old is listed as spending one more week on the sidelines, meaning he could be available for selection for the GIANTS round seven match against St Kilda.

Coniglio suffered the syndesmosis injury in the final JLT Community Series match against North Melbourne at UNSW Canberra Oval on March 10, seeing the West Australian miss the opening six rounds of the season.


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Club Legend
Jan 26, 2014
AFL Club

A long wait and many nervous supporters but finally he commits and likely to be a Giant for life and a captain in 2020 or 21


Sep 14, 2006
AFL Club
Brisbane Lions
Other Teams
GWS; CCMariners; NQCowboys; Ravens
The lofty ambition of turning Greater Western Sydney into the biggest sporting club in Australia was one of the key drivers in Stephen Coniglio's decision to turn down bigger money interstate and pledge his future to the AFL expansion outfit.

The AFL's most in-demand free agent, Coniglio signed a seven-year contract with the Giants on Monday – a day after he says he finally made the call to stay put and spurn the advances of Carlton, Hawthorn and West Coast, who had submitted eye-watering offers to his management.

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