GWS Giants chairman Tony Shepherd has praised the club’s resilience, saying the outfit’s humble beginnings have helped navigate the “difficult and trying circumstances” that come with playing during a pandemic.

The Giants, who have spent 10 weeks on the road courtesy of COVID-19 outbreaks, will play crosstown rivals the Sydney Swans on Saturday in what is their fifth finals appearance in 10 years.

“Both the NSW teams have been on the road for 10 weeks and we have travelled far more than every other club in the competition, so it’s been hard,” Mr Shepherd told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“For a 10-year-old club, it’s remarkable to be in our fifth finals series after 10 years and with all of this disruption.

“We’re a strong club, we’re forged in fire, started at Rooty Hill RSL, got smashed early on and that’s grown a backbone, that’s always with us, so we’re very proud of the boys to be able to do this … to get there after all these difficult and trying circumstances, they’ve done it.

“And, as I’ve said, haven’t heard a word of complaint.”

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