GWS chairman Tony Shepherd threatens to quit if AFL recruiting zones are changed
Greater Western Sydney chairman Tony Shepherd has threatened to resign if the AFL changes the Giants’ recruiting zones.
A fed-up Shepherd hit back at recent criticism of the Giants’ access to talent on Sports Today.
The GWS chairman said the reaction to the club’s promising start to the season was over the top and people needed to remember the club hadn’t even played in a final yet, let alone won a premiership.
Several Victorian clubs have voiced concerns this week over the Giants’ exclusive access to talent in NSW.
Shepherd said on 3AW he would seriously consider quitting if the rules were changed again.
‘I would consider it,’ he said on Sports Today.
‘I can’t stand this constant changing of the rules.
‘It just drives me nuts.
‘We have to apologise every time we win a bloody game.
‘I’ve had enough.’
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Much of the conjecture surrounds the contentious Riverina zone, which neighbours the Victorian border.
‘Wagga is suddenly going to move south of the border to bloody Victoria,’ Shepherd said.
‘The last time I checked, the Murray River was the borderline.’
Shepherd said success was vital to the fledgling club’s survival.
‘If you didn’t want the expansion, then why’d you go ahead and do it?’ he said.