Retiring Johnson to be rested

12 August 2017 06:34:04 EST
Steve Johnson

Greater Western Sydney are set to rest club champion Steve Johnson next weekend.

Johnson had his knee on ice after the 48-point win over Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

We've got to make sure we manage his time and it might be next week he might not play.

Leon Cameron

The 34-year-old, who announced this week he would be retiring at the end of the campaign, will be given a chance to rest ahead of the finals by being omitted against West Coast.

Coach Leon Cameron says the club were a little concerned at having a six-day break going into the clash with the reigning premiers and, with Johnson having struggled with injuries at times this season, it makes sense to give him a rest next week.

The 290-game veteran did well to play against the Bulldogs, according to Cameron.

"Devon Smith's knee has flared up as well so [Johnson] put his hand up and said he was right to go," said the coach. "I thought he moved around pretty well considering the six-day break, but we've got to make sure we manage his time and it might be next week he might not play.

"There's no doubt he'll want to play the last game down at Geelong, but we've got to keep monitoring it."

Johnson has only missed five games this year and his coach says the club are happy with the way they've managed the three-time Geelong premiership player in the second half of the season.

He had 13 disposals and four tackles against the Bulldogs, as GWS picked up a win that boosts their top-four hopes.

Cameron said: "He loves big moments and I thought at times he had some really crucial moments for us."

GWS are 2/9 to win their next game against West Coast, who are 67/20.

The Giants are 91/100 conceding a 23.5-points start.

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