Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy believes his young charges will not be overawed by the prospect of taking on AFL heavyweight Carlton on Sunday.
''It will be a challenge. There's going to be 35,000 Carlton fans who will come to check the new team out,'' Sheedy said.
Sheedy was encouraged by the team's performance against the Western Bulldogs in Canberra last weekend and believes an historic win isn't too far away. The Blues sit in third place, and have entertained the option of resting key players for their clash with the fledgling side.
''If they do that [rest players], they do so at their own risk,'' Sheedy warned.
Teenage midfielder Dylan Shiel has made no secret of his admiration for Chris Judd and Carlton, and is relishing the chance of playing them on their own turf.
''It's disappointing when teams say they will rest players against us,'' Shiel said.
''We can understand why they choose to do so but, for our learning and development, we want to play the best players.''
The trip to Etihad Stadium is the first time the Giants will play in Melbourne in a premiership match, and is something the playing group is looking forward to.
''The Melbourne and Victorian boys are sure to have family and friends in the crowd,'' Shiel said. AAP