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Milestone for loyal Giant

Scott Frangos will join the 200 club at Geelong West on Sunday. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

EVER-reliable Geelong West defender Scott Frangos has spoken of his motivation to feature in the club’s first finals appearance since 2008 ahead of his 200th appearance at open-age level for the club.

The popular clubman made his senior debut in the opening round of 2009 under Chris Gilham as the then Roosters were coming off an elimination final appearance the previous year.

However, until last year’s fifth-place finish at the end of a Covid-shortened season, West had never seriously threatened for a finals berth.

“I’ve been saying I’m one of the reasons they keep not making finals, and they’ll probably end up making it when I retire,” Frangos joked.

“I’d love to be playing senior finals at West; it’s the reason I’ve stuck around so long.

“I know what a great club it is and the culture we’ve built over the last few years, especially under Greg (Mellor).

“I think the players and supporters really deserve it now after how long we’ve been battling through it.”

A product of Geelong West’s juniors, Frangos spent the first half of his career, including 178 senior matches, as a small forward.

However, it was Mellor’s predecessor, Andy Viola, who can take the credit for Frangos making a name for himself in the back half of the ground.

“I was toiling away as a small forward, and then I was given a chance to go down back,” he said.

“I loved it and found out that was probably the spot where I played my best footy in my career.

“We were playing Leopold, and it was raining heavily, and we had an injury in the first five minutes, so I had to go back, and I haven’t looked back since.”

Ironically, it’s the Lions who West face in Frangos’ milestone match, with the Giants requiring a win to stay in touch with the top five.

“We’re in the mix, and that’s where we want to be,” he said.

“We know we can take it to the best sides, so it’s going to be a massive game this Sunday.

“Leopold are flying at the moment, so it’s good to see where we’re at as well.”

Frangos is combining playing with coaching the Giants’ reserves, and it’s an area of the game he’s keen to explore post-career further.

“It’s something I really enjoy,” the 32-year-old said. “I’ve coached juniors and under-18s.

“I coached the (senior) game against Lara last year, and coaching the twos this year, I like to give back and develop the next crop.

“It’s definitely something I’d consider.”

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