GREATER Western Sydney has officially declared itself out of the running to poach soon to be out-of-contract Collingwood star Travis Cloke.
Giants coach Kevin Sheedy said yesterday that the club already had enough young key forwards - such as untried No.1 draft pick Jonathon Patton, boom draftee Jeremy Cameron and rugby league convert Israel Folau - that it wanted to develop first.
The Giants will instead target an experienced ruckman, Sheedy said after strongly denying there was an unwritten agreement between the Giants and the Pies, that GWS would not attempt to lure out-of-contract Collingwood players.
"He wouldn't be on my list," Sheedy said on Channel Seven's AFL Game Day when asked about Cloke.
"We've got players we've got to develop [in that position] up there. I'm not sure if Graeme Allan and Sos [list manager Stephen Silvagni] are talking to his managers," he said.
"But we need ruckmen... we need key backs.
"Dean Brogan won't play much longer, obviously, and that leaves us pretty skinny right at the moment."