Sydney Swans coach John Longmire has made a big call, dropping forward Adam Goodes for their clash against Greater Western Sydney this Saturday.
Longmire told a press conference the former Australian of the Year requested to play in the reserves after being told he will miss selection for the round three clash.
Goodes played 15 minutes as a sub in last weeks 48 point win over Port Adelaide and suggested to Longmire that it would be beneficial to play reserves to get match fitness.
The 35-year-old has played over 350 games for the Swans and considered retirement before their 2014 grand final loss to Hawthorn.
Although he will not play a part of this week’s clash, Longmire insisted he is still a key member of the club regardless his role, killing any rumour of a sudden retirement for the dual Brownlow Medalist.
“He still thinks he can be in the best 22 but as it sits at the moment though he understands he’s got a bit of form and fitness to work through,” Longmire said.
The likely replacement for Goodes is small forward, Ben McGlynn lining up in his first appearance for 2015.
Both Sydney sides are undefeated so far this season, adding to the excitement of the local derby. The 2013 grand final winning coach spoke highly of the Giants,
“They’re a hard team, their not just a talented team,” he said.
“If you’re just looking at the Giants and say they’re just a talented team, you’re getting the wrong impression of them”.
The match will mark the return to the SCG for the Swans who will make their first appearance at the venue since August last year. – Photo and report by Marc Summers