Israel Folau insists he will remain an AFL player despite appearing in the reserves last Saturday. And his coach, Kevin Sheedy, is furious at suggestions the rugby league convert won’t make it.
In the second year of a four-year contract with fledgling GWS, Folau said he will “absolutely” honour the deal and revealed he needed an epidural injection to recover from a back injury which kept him out of the side for a month.
The Giants eased Folau back through their feeder team but the former Queensland State of Origin star endorsed the decision.
Folau said he had taken no notice of the fuss about his future.
“When I was playing rugby league I really enjoyed my time there, but for me now I’m on a different journey playing AFL football and that’s what I have to focus on,” he said.