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Season Alive for Forwards

By Adam Curley - AFL Media & GIANTS Media  September 11, 2017 3:53 PM

Presser: Callan Ward on Semi-Final Co-captain Callan Ward speaks to the media on Monday ahead of the GIANTS' semi-final against the Eagles on Saturday.
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Jeremy Cameron at training on Monday.

I don't care who comes in … I've got full belief in them.

The GIANTS had a light training run on Monday without Jeremy Cameron and Shane Mumford, with fellow stars Steve Johnson, Devon Smith and Ryan Griffen all on light duties.

Johnson and Smith could be recalled to add some bite to the forward half, but both will have to train well at Wednesday's main session to prove they're fit to play after struggling with knee problems this season.

Johnson was dropped last week but played in the GIANTS’ reserves scratch match against the Crows on Friday, while Smith missed the seniors' final the previous night due to injury.

Veteran Ryan Griffen could also be in the mix to play his first AFL game since round three after missing most of the year with two separate ankle injuries.

He also took the field in the reserves hit out and while his selection would be a massive call.

"I don't care who comes in … I've got full belief in them," said co-captain Callan Ward on Monday.

"I think every single player on the GIANTS list (can come in), if it's Stevie it's Stevie, if it's 'Griff' (Ryan Griffen) I'd love to play with him again, so it doesn't really bother me to be honest."

Ward said Griffen had put plenty of hard work into his rehabilitation from his ankle injuries, and if he did come in to face the Eagles it would give the team a boost for their final clash at Spotless Stadium in 2017.

"He's had a lot of setbacks this year and at times he probably though his year was over, but he's just had to fight through and be extremely resilient," he said.

"To get up and play last week was a huge credit to him so if he comes in the boys will be really proud of him."

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As revealed earlier on Monday, star forward Jeremy Cameron will be sidelined for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

The GIANTS are also waiting on the availability ruckman Shane Mumford, who is battling an ongoing foot problem and is no guarantee to be fit to face West Coast on Saturday night.

Ward said that Cameron has taken the news as well as can be expected.

"He's been up and about, I think he knows the importance of him being positive around the group," he said.

"The last thing the boys want to see is a guy walking around with his head between his legs, so I think he's being really positive.

"It's a tough situation for him being told his season is done, especially at this time of the year, but he's been really good."

The GIANTS take on West Coast in a Semi-Final at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night with the winner to progress to a Preliminary Final.

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