Daniel Giansiracusa hopes to help the Bulldogs continue to rebuild in 2013 before ending his career when his contract expires. Photo: Wayne Taylor
WESTERN Bulldogs veteran Daniel Giansiracusa has conceded this almost certainly is his last pre-season.
The clever forward has managed 230 matches in 12 seasons but hopes to help the Bulldogs continue to rebuild in 2013 before ending his career when his contract expires.
''I would say this would probably be the last one [pre-season], but you never say never,'' Giansiracusa said. ''I am enjoying my footy and I enjoy coming to training. As I said, pre-seasons are pretty hard but when you get out on the track, kicking footballs around, there is no better job.''
Giansiracusa, 30, has been in the rehabilitation group through the pre-season after he was troubled by a knee injury during the home-and-away campaign. He missed five matches due to injury - the most he has since 2006 - but still finished as the team's leading goal-kicker (28 goals).
He said young midfielder Tom Liberatore was training strongly and working towards regaining the respect of his teammates. Liberatore was suspended by the Bulldogs for four weeks and banned from the club after he was found drunk and in possession of an ecstasy tablet in August. As part of his rehabilitation, he was forced to find work outside the club.
''Obviously it was a bit of a wake-up call for him. He went through some pretty tough times in that four-week period and over the break,'' Giansiracusa said. ''But he is back, he is training really well and he has fitted back into the group fantastically well.''