Kevin Sheedy has put clubs such as Fremantle on notice that Greater Western Sydney will spend two years trying to poach uncontracted players to the AFL’s 18th club.

And the Giants coach claimed that a poor 2011 by the Dockers will lift the new club’s prospects of luring uncontracted Fremantle players for their debut season in 2012.

Sheedy would not discuss specific recruiting targets but players of the calibre of Michael Johnson, Paul Duffield, Chris Mayne, Rhys Palmer and Kepler Bradley are out of contract at the end of the year.

Fremantle had a stunning rise in 2010, defying pre-season predictions of doom to advance to the second week of the finals.

But doubts about continued improvement have already surfaced because of long-term injuries to Michael Barlow, Roger Hayden, Anthony Morabito and Garrick Ibbotson.

Stephen Hill and Hayden Ballantyne have also had delayed starts to their 2011 campaigns because of injury.

Sheedy said that unless Fremantle proved this year that they were on the verge of winning their first premiership, star players could be lured by lucrative deals GWS can offer, with up to $1 million extra in their salary cap in each of their first three seasons.

“Those sort of Fremantle boys, we’ll see in a year or two,” Sheedy said.

“Players have to work out things for themselves when they get offered a decent contract.

“What’s given us a better chance of getting players from anywhere is that we’ve got two years to sign them.

“We might not be able to sign them in the first year, but we might get them in the second.”

Sheedy said that even if clubs were able to convince players to resist big-money deals to be offered by GWS, others who remained uncontracted would be targeted under a two-year recruiting concession from the AFL.

While GWS will target some Dockers who are out of contract after this season, others whose deals are up following the 2012 season could also be looked at.

Gold Coast only had last off-season to sign up to 16 uncontracted players, while the Giants have been given two chances, at the end of this season and again in 2012.

Sheedy is poised to coach against four of his former Essendon players next season – Fremantle’s Mark Harvey, Dean Bailey (Melbourne), Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Bombers hero James Hird.

When asked yesterday if he would have any sympathy towards Harvey in his club’s recruiting mission, Sheedy said: “No one is untouchable.”

Sheedy said another important weapon in building his team’s inaugural list was having access to four 17-year-olds born between January and April in 1994.

The Giants will not be able to recruit the four young guns, but will trade them for established players or draft picks.

Sheedy would not discuss specific recruiting targets but players of the calibre of Michael Johnson, Paul Duffield, Chris Mayne, Rhys Palmer and Kepler Bradley are out of contract at the end of the year.

Fremantle had a stunning rise in 2010, defying pre-season predictions of doom to advance to the second week of the finals.

But doubts about continued improvement have already surfaced because of long-term injuries to Michael Barlow, Roger Hayden, Anthony Morabito and Garrick Ibbotson.

Stephen Hill and Hayden Ballantyne have also had delayed starts to their 2011 campaigns because of injury.

Sheedy said that unless Fremantle proved this year that they were on the verge of winning their first premiership, star players could be lured by lucrative deals GWS can offer, with up to $1 million extra in their salary cap in each of their first three seasons.

“Those sort of Fremantle boys, we’ll see in a year or two,” Sheedy said.

“Players have to work out things for themselves when they get offered a decent contract.

“What’s given us a better chance of getting players from anywhere is that we’ve got two years to sign them.

“We might not be able to sign them in the first year, but we might get them in the second.”

Sheedy said that even if clubs were able to convince players to resist big-money deals to be offered by GWS, others who remained uncontracted would be targeted under a two-year recruiting concession from the AFL.

While GWS will target some Dockers who are out of contract after this season, others whose deals are up following the 2012 season could also be looked at.

Gold Coast only had last off-season to sign up to 16 uncontracted players, while the Giants have been given two chances, at the end of this season and again in 2012.

Sheedy is poised to coach against four of his former Essendon players next season – Fremantle’s Mark Harvey, Dean Bailey (Melbourne), Damien Hardwick (Richmond) and Bombers hero James Hird.

When asked yesterday if he would have any sympathy towards Harvey in his club’s recruiting mission, Sheedy said: “No one is untouchable.”

Sheedy said another important weapon in building his team’s inaugural list was having access to four 17-year-olds born between January and April in 1994.

The Giants will not be able to recruit the four young guns, but will trade them for established players or draft picks.

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