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Aussie Rules: GWS ace keen to play on

Greater Western Sydney defender Phil Davis says he still has plenty of love for the game and has no intention of hanging up his boots just yet.

The Giants are 1/1 finish in the top eight of the AFL in the 2022 campaign and Davis is keen to fight his way back into the side and play his role.

Tough end to 2021

Davis had a tough end to the 2021 season when losing his place in the side to Jack Stein and he even had to sit out the finals win over the Sydney Swans.

The 31-year-old returned for the semi-final defeat to Geelong but it was still a wake-up call for the player who says no-one can take their place in the side for granted.

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"It was difficult and just a change to the norm, but I think if you ask anyone, once you get older, performance is king," he told News Corp. "I understand that my performance before my concussion (in Round 20) was just solid without being spectacular. Players come in and replace you, but that’s elite sport.

"Selection pressure is really important for any side – and no one should be immune to that."

New one-year deal

Davis recently penned a new one-year contract with the Giants but he says he still has the hunger and can see himself playing on for many seasons to come.

"I know that Leon’s got a lot of belief in me and I’ve got a lot of belief in myself," Davis added. "I always knew that I had the ability to play on. I still, to this day, think I’ve got a few more years of good, quality football ahead of me.

"At the moment, I’m loving it, so we’ll see how the year transpires to see what I want to do going forward."

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