GWS Giants star Dylan Shiel.
GWS Giants star Dylan Shiel. BRENDAN ESPOSITO

Giant says team's favouritism for the flag is 'laughable'

AFL: GWS midfielder Dylan Shiel has laughed off his club's favouritism for this year's premiership.

The Giants have been installed as the top fancy for the flag with most betting agencies.

"It's laughable because we've only won one final," Shiel said ahead of his side's JLT Community Series clash with cross-town rival the Sydney Swans tonight at Blacktown.

"Externally the media and people have that expectation of us, but internally we don't focus on that.

"It's interesting considering five years ago in my first year I remember we were labelled witch's hats and getting pumped by 100 points every week."

Off contract at the end of the season, the Victorian said he wasn't looking to return to his home state.

"My manager is having the conversation now with the footy club and it was going pretty smoothly the last time I checked," he said.

Shiel underwent achilles surgery during the off-season, but said he was feeling good going into his first pre-season hitout.

"I'm going to be focusing on trying to get up forward a bit more in this JLT series and kick a few goals hopefully," Shiel said.