GWS remain in the box seat to secure the signature of Stephen Coniglio, with the club unalarmed by the in-demand AFL star's Melbourne visit during the mid-season bye.
Speculation about the future of Coniglio, who could become a restricted free agent at the end of this season, has swirled throughout 2019 amid talk he could earn $1.4 million per season on the open market.
Negotiations between the Giants and Coniglio are at an advanced stage, with coach Leon Cameron tipping in late May that a deal could be finalised within a month.
St Kilda, Hawthorn, Carlton, Geelong and West Coast have all been linked to the gun midfielder at various points.
GWS board member Jimmy Bartel laughed off the latest round of reports.
"Where else is he going? There's not many clubs left," Bartel quipped on Macquarie Sports Radio.
"I hear there's an expansion club that might be going after him. The Canterbury Bulldogs are going to have a crack at him. I hear there might be a rugby contract now Izzy (Folau) has left.
"What club wouldn't be interested in Stephen?
"It's sitting in front of him and his manager. He's 25. It's a long-term decision and I have no problems with him sitting there and weighing up what he wants to do. That's pretty fair isn't it?"
Coniglio has remained publicly mute about the topic, deflecting attention at every opportunity, but his teammates have seen the lighter side of the situation.
The Giants' talks with out-of-contract players like Brett Deledio, Shane Mumford, Heath Shaw, Adam Tomlinson and Sam Reid aren't expected to heat up until Coniglio commits.
"We can only put as much heat on him as possible," Deledio joked on RSN radio.
"I've spoken to him plenty of times to tell him how much I really enjoy playing with him and if he could just give me a chop out, because I've got a family to provide for.
"The boys knew he was going to Melbourne before the papers did ... he'd be silly not to do his due diligence and see what else is out there.
"He's going about it in his own time and he's got every right to do that ... we're pretty confident he'll make the decision to stick around."
Bartel described the foundation Giant as a future captain of the club, also dismissing the idea that speculation could serve as a distraction as GWS hunt a maiden premiership.
"They're sitting second on the ladder, he's probably in All-Australian form," Bartel said.
Australian Associated Press