Folau 'experiment' a flop

TIIME to go ... Israel Folau.

Former Geelong premiership player turned commentator Cameron Mooney became the latest in a long line of experts to declare the Folau "experiment" at Greater Western Sydney had failed.

The call came after the former rugby league star managed just three disposals and three hit-outs in Saturday's 25-point loss to fellow strugglers Melbourne.

But like coach Kevin Sheedy has done several times this season, Giants list manager Stephen Silvagni yesterday jumped to Folau's defence, saying critics of the 23-year-old were jumping the gun.

"He's a player who's in his first year as an AFL player," Silvagni said. "We've got to give him time to develop.

"If you have a look at a lot of talls at other clubs, they really only start to play reasonable football in their third year."

Silvagni also said Folau, who has been accused of looking disinterested on the field, wasn't going to toss it in.

"We're in a position where we can give (Folau) time," Silvagni said. "We're going to back him in, and Izzy's determined to make it himself."


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