Subiaco boom recruit Stefan Giro has only played seven games for the Lions, but he’s seen enough to suggest Subiaco can turn their season around.
The reigning premiers have won just three games so far this season, with their latest a much-needed 14-point victory over Perth on Saturday.
It’s left many questioning whether Subiaco’s reign as kings of the WAFL jungle has come to an end, yet the Lions remain within touching distance of the top five, such is the evenness of the competition.
Former Fremantle Dockers midfielder Giro, one of Subiaco’s shining lights this season, believes the champions have plenty more to give.
“We’ll never say that finals are past us,” he said.
“The belief is still there within the group. When things aren’t going our way, we haven’t dropped our heads.
“We still train hard and stay at it. I feel like the tide is turning and it’s something we can continue to build on.
“We’ve had a lot of personnel changes which isn’t an excuse but it’s taken a bit of time for guys to buy into the system. But once that all clicks, we’ll be able to put up some strong performances in the second half of the season.”
Giro, 23, collected a season-high 34 disposals in Subiaco’s 12.9 (81) to 10.7 (67) win over Perth.
De-listed by the Dockers at the end of last season, Giro said a consistent routine was behind his form surge.
“It’s been good to have continuity and the chance to train with my teammates each week,” he said.
“Each week, you’re not knowing whether you’re going to be playing AFL or you could be playing for Peel or even 12 v 12 scrimmages in the COVID years.
“It took a bit to adjust to the game style but once I got used to that I feel like playing with those guys in there – Kitch (Leigh Kitchin), Marshy (Harry Marsh) and Hicks (Liam and Wil Hickmott) have been really good and I’ve really enjoyed it.
“One thing I’ve really wanted to bring each week is my pressure around the ball.
“Defensively I feel like that’s my biggest strength in terms of tackling and repeat efforts. So if I can bring that every week, I can help the team.”
Subiaco will get the opportunity to build on their form on Saturday against West Coast at Optus Stadium in a curtain-raiser to the Eagles’ AFL clash with Geelong.
It pits Giro up against the club he briefly became a part of earlier this season as a COVID contingency player for the Eagles’ AFL side.
Giro said he was confident the Lions could continue an improved flow out of defence against West Coast.
“Our ball use in the back half hasn’t been the way we’ve wanted it to be across the past month. That’s something we really worked on against Perth,” he said.
“And our ball movement ahead of the ball… we got it in deep and got scores.”