A successful season is one when you're playing finals footy
HE may have won his first club best-and-fairest award and been named in the All Australian side, but Greater Western Sydney defender Heath Shaw is not interested in individual glory.
His only measure of a successful season is whether you are still playing in September, and he says everyone else at the Giants should have the same attitude ... or find another club.
"When you finish early and you watch the finals, you get very, very jealous, and if you're not getting jealous then we don't want you here," the vice-captain (pictured) told AFL.com.au.
The expansion club looked set to be part of the September action for the first time after winning six of its first eight games. But injuries to key players such as ruckman Shane Mumford, defenders Phil Davis and Joel Patfull, and midfielders Dylan Shiel and Tom Scully limited it to 11th spot with 11 wins and 11 losses.
That was an improvement from 16th the previous year when it won six games, but was not good enough for the former Collingwood premiership player.
"I'm happy we moved forward but I'm disappointed with the way the second half of the year panned out," the 29-year-old said.
"We were a better team than what we showed and we'll address that over the pre-season.
"Eleven (wins) and 11 (losses) is good, but 11 and 11 doesn't get you into the finals - we're ready to go forward and that means getting 13, 14, 15 wins.
"Next year if we don't play finals, then that's a failure - it's as simple as that."