Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy has earmarked Setanta O'hAilpin to take the place of departed fellow code-hopper Israel Folau in the Giants side. Irishman O'hAilpin, 29, suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament knee injury in his first senior game with the Giants last season but recently signed a new one-year contract. With Folau returning to rugby league, a role has opened for O'hAilpin who played Gaelic football and hurling before starting his 81-game AFL career at Carlton. ''His [O'hAilpin's] passion is brilliant, you can't beat it,'' Sheedy said on Monday. ''He's one of the most passionate people I've met in AFL. He'll be our replacement for Folau.'' O'hAilpin was grateful for the chance. ''I've been fortunate to get another opportunity from the Giants, so hopefully I can repay their faith and have a good season,'' he said.

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