Parker mentioned in today's presser "A few new debutantes" this week. He later mentions Fox, Hayward and Florent. He also said KJ would be playing this week.
Florent yes, is clever and tough, deserves to debut given the gaps in our team.
What about Melican, has looked very good in his last four games and after two years hard graft deserves a senior gig although its probably between him and Laidler who was solid in the ressies last week.
Fox & Hayward look a long way off to me. Hayward does the occasional nice thing but no where near debut standard IMO.
It's looking more likely than not that both Aliir and KJ will be playing this Saturday. We'll be taking a pretty good side into the match, albeit not quite our best 22.
Tom Harley now has his injury update video up on the Swans website. Whether or not Cameron was in the mix is now a moot point as he is out with an infected finger .
There are a couple of other positives on the injury front with Heeney back in training. I hope he's available for our round 3 match v Collingwood. Papley is listed as 2-3 weeks on the AFL injury list, so the rumours about a long delay in his recovery are yet to be confirmed and perhaps he too will be available to play senior footy by the end of April.
I hope we select both Melican and Florent.
Cameron, infected finger eh - playing with his Boxer dog?
Gotta love the Pies, manage home grown distractions at the start of every season!
I say stick with Florent in the mix for now in the 22
"You get the feeling that like Monty Python's Black Knight, the Swans would regard amputation as merely a flesh wound."
So with those 2 in, my guess for the R1 squad would be...
FB :Smith Grundy Marsh
HB : Mills Aliir Rampe
C : Hannebery Jones Lloyd
HF : Franklin Reid Hewett
FF : Jack Tippett Florent
FOL : Naismith Kennedy Parker
INT : Sinclair, Robinson, Cunningham, Melican
EMG : Towers Laidler Foote
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect... MT
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The latest injury list is encouraging as most are not far off returning. At least Heeney now has a time frame and Papley could be ready for the 1st NEAFL game. Rohan said he is expecting to return to senior footy around round 8. If KJ is good to go, I think we can cover the rest. Heeney is the next one we need to get back playing. It would be nice if he's up and going for the Eagles game in round 4 followed by the Giants. Those will be a couple of very tough games back to back and we go to Perth coming off only a 6 day rest, but to be fair, WC only have a 5 day rest, but now travel. We have a few 2nd and 3rd year players, mainly Melican, Dawson, Newman and COL that seem ready for an AFL debut and this period may offer an opportunity for them to get a game or two.
Last edited by Ludwig; 22nd March 2017 at 12:12 PM.