Kevin Sheedy during his time as GWS Giants coach in 2013.
Kevin Sheedy during his time as GWS Giants coach in 2013. LUKAS COCH

Sheedy tells critics of Giants to 'get a life'

AFL: He's back in the red and black of Essendon, but Kevin Sheedy clearly still has a little orange running through his veins.

A fan of expansion long before he became GWS's inaugural coach, Sheedy (pictured) has knocked the detractors of the Giants, who benefited early on in their existence from draft concessions.

"People can walk around with negatives all of their lives ... tell them to get a life,” he said ahead of Saturday night's preliminary final between GWS and the Bulldogs.

"Everybody forgets the Giants have cleared over 20 players back to all the other clubs, with Collingwood leading the way and Carlton.

"If you want to make a success of your club, get your act together and start planning better than what they previously have done, and that's including the Richmonds and all the other clubs that feel 'oh, it's been a hard period'.

"Well, it hasn't been hard for Hawthorn and Geelong.

"I had a person tell me the other day, 'look, it's very unfair for Melbourne clubs with the Giants making it'.

"I said 'go back to Hawthorn 20 years ago when they nearly merged with Melbourne'. They didn't sit there and sulk. They got out and worked their butts off.”

Though he would be barracking for the Giants, Sheedy acknowledged it would a great story if the Bulldogs won through to their first grand final in 55 years.

Veteran Dogs defender Dale Morris played in three successive preliminary finals with the club (2008-10), and probably didn't think he would get the chance to be a part of another one as the club rebuilt.

"Being here during the prelim times and then during the tough times, I think it makes these moments even more sweeter,” he said.