Lesser men than Stephen Coniglio would be tempted to bite back at critics this year.
The Giants’ co-captain was chastised constantly last year for his form struggles despite barely playing because of injuries.
His axing in the penultimate round a season earlier, captured in excruciating detail in Amazon’s Making Their Mark documentary, turned the spotlight on him and his output.
There was even a call to trade Coniglio to save Greater Western Sydney from paying him for the remaining seasons of his seven-year deal signed in 2019, when he was one of the game’s most in-demand free agents.
The 28-year-old’s form spike in 2022 hasn’t created anywhere near the same headlines but one reason stopping him from shouting about his revival from the rooftops is the Giants sit a disappointing 16th on the ladder.
Another? It’s just not the type of person Coniglio is.
Before sitting out last…