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Delisted Giant open to playing on


Sam Reid insists he still possesses the drive and desire to play in the AFL.

The 31-year-old has been let go by GWS after 10 seasons with the club.

It has been an incredible journey for Reid who spent four years with the Western Bulldogs, playing 10 games, before a decade with the Giants which included a retirement, delistings and many injuries among 98 appearances including a Grand Final.

Despite his hard road, Reid says the fire still burns.

“Yeah it does. If I didn’t have the drive or competitive edge that I have, I’d happily retire and move on from football,” he said on SEN’s Bob & Andy.

“But I’ve definitely got that (drive). Even playing in the final this year against the Swans, I feel like there’s still unfinished (business) and I’ve still got plenty left to give out on the football field.

“My body is feeling really well, I just want to compete, I definitely have drive to get somewhere else and try and keep playing.

“But how that pans out, we never know, I’ll have to wait and see, wait until the season has finished completely and the trade period and all that type of thing.”

Reid explained how the delisting came about after conversations with coach Leon Cameron indicated there would be less opportunity behind some promising young Giants defenders.

“I was having some good dialogue with Leon, we’ve got a really good relationship, and even though I was getting games our young blokes were going really well down in there backline,” he added.

“We came to the conclusion that there might not be too many opportunities next year, even though I disagree with him. I could come from 10 deep to push my way in there, but it would probably be best to move on and look for opportunities elsewhere if that was the path I wanted to go down.

“After 10 years at the same club I’m actually really looking forward to what’s next and getting a fresh start somewhere hopefully.”

Asked if he would be prepared to go through another pre-season in a bid to find a spot on a list, Reid insists it is something he would be open to, especially if there was some extra curricular work on the agenda.

“I’ll look at getting into the development and welfare side of things as well,” he said.

“If something could coincide with that and I end up doing the training, but with the ambition of being a development coach or in welfare, if there’s a spot on that list and it all falls into place I’d be more than happy.”

Fellow foundation Giant Matt Buntine has also been let go by the club.

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