Cameron concedes Greene needs work on marking technique
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Cameron concedes Greene needs work on marking technique

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Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron accepts gun forward Toby Greene needs to modify his controversial "studs up" approach to marking contests while star midfielder Josh Kelly is unlikely to be fit for the semi-final against Collingwood.

But in a major boost for the club, ruckman Dawson Simpson is in line for a shock recall after making a faster than expected recover from a fractured ankle.

The Giants will work with Greene this week to find alternatives to the two-motion boot fend he used on Sydney's Nic Newman, which the AFL said should have cost the forward a free kick.

Feet first: Toby Greene's "studs up" technique at marking contests has come under scrutiny.

Feet first: Toby Greene's "studs up" technique at marking contests has come under scrutiny.Credit:AAP

Debate has raged over whether the league should legislate against players using their boots to fend off an opponent or protect space in marking contests. Any change in rules will not come until after the season.

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Cameron said he had not received any correspondence from the AFL over the issue but acknowledged the club had clarity over what was acceptable after the league's explanation of the Newman incident in the match review findings.

"If that's a clear free kick we have to work on the double action," Cameron said. "If you notice some other incidents they were all clear.

"I understand there's grey area on the action, we're not hiding away from that. When the rules are set in in place there's players who can push those limits.

"Going forward, if you look at the Newman incident, if that's a free kick paid against for double action, clearly I don't want Toby giving away free kicks."

Kelly's season is not over, but the gun midfielder is rated only a "minor chance" of being fit this week.

The Giants will give their reigning best and fairest "every chance" to prove his fitness after tearing the meniscus in his right knee.

Wounded knee: Josh Kelly given a "minor" chance of playing in the semi-final against Collingwood.

Wounded knee: Josh Kelly given a "minor" chance of playing in the semi-final against Collingwood.Credit:AAP

Kelly suffered the injury in the first quarter of the victory over Sydney on Saturday and was unable to return to the field.

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Cameron said the issue was one he had been carrying the "last year or two".

"Is he a chance this week? Probably minor, but we'll give him every chance," Cameron said. "He's settled pretty well yesterday.

"There's still a good chance Josh Kelly will be playing again this year."

Sports doctor Peter Larkins cast doubt over Kelly's chances of playing again in 2018, saying most players who suffered such injuries missed a minimum of two-to-three weeks.

That time-frame would have Kelly also missing the preliminary final if GWS win this week.

"Knowing Josh, he's hellbent on playing footy, especially in September, he'll be doing everything possible," Cameron said on SEN radio.

"He's going to be pushing it to get up for this weekend because there was an incident. If it's settled and settles very well and we feel he can perform his role we'll give him every chance.

"If we get to Thursday, Friday, we'll rule him out and push on if we're good enough to knock off the Pies."

Veteran Ryan Griffen and youngster Aidan Bonar, who was dropped for the first final, are among those in line to come in if Kelly is ruled out.

Chance: Bonar (centre) could be picked to replace Kelly this week.

Chance: Bonar (centre) could be picked to replace Kelly this week.Credit:AAP

Simpson will train with the main group on Wednesday in a bid to prove his fitness to take on All Australian big man Brodie Grundy. His return would enable Rory Lobb to play in his preferred position in attack.

Meanwhile,  Greene and Jacob Hopper have accepted fines from the AFL match review officer after being cited for incidents in Saturday’s elimination final win over the Swans.

Greene has been fined $2500 for misconduct for dropping his knee into the head of Sydney’s Isaac Heeney, while teammate Hopper copped a $2500 sanction for careless umpire contact.

Sydney’s Zak Jones has accepted a $2000 fine for rough conduct on Giants co-captain Callan Ward.

With AAP