Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron is confident the club can hang on to emerging star Rory Lobb after he increased his potential value with a starring effort in the Giants’ one-point AFL loss to West Coast.
Although primarily a back-up ruckman and forward, Lobb excelled in a number of roles in the Spotless Stadium encounter.
He equalled his career-best haul of four goals, having done that three times this year in bagging 25 majors for the season.
Lobb’s latest performance came just a couple of days after a report the 23-year West Australian might look to be traded back to his home state after this season despite being under contract for next year.
“His price has just gone up hasn’t it?” Cameron quipped.
“There’s always going to be innuendo and that sort of stuff; Rory was very casual about it.
“He was a bit shocked by it as well, he clearly loves the footy club.
“He’s really popular, the boys love him, love playing with him.
“There’s always going to be that sort of stuff at times when a player starts making his mark on any competition, especially this elite competition, then there’s going to be some sort of speculation `will he go?'”
Asked if he was confident Lobb would be a long-term Giants player, Cameron said: “Absolutely.”
He said the situation was different to that of another WA-born Giant, forward Cam Mccarthy, who hasn’t played for the club this season, but has been allowed to go back to Perth.
“Cam’s is a totally different situation and we haven’t heard anything from Rory’s side at all. Whereas as Cam was probably at the end of the year. I’m not concerned about that.
“Right now Rory is motoring along and having a fantastic year for us.”