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As Tippett waits, so do midfield aspirations for pinch-hitter Goodes

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Andrew Wu

Versatile: Sydney superstar Adam Goodes.

Versatile: Sydney superstar Adam Goodes. Photo: Anthony Johnson

The quality in Sydney's midfield means Adam Goodes will have to wait until the second half of the season before he gets his wish of spending more time on the ball.

The dual Brownlow medallist has played predominantly in attack in the first three rounds and it's likely he will stay there, at least until Kurt Tippett's eagerly anticipated return in round 13.

''I'd love to play more in the midfield but our midfield is playing so well,'' Goodes said.

''And [we have] our keys up forward - myself, Sammy Reid and a ruckman as well.

''Until the big fella, Kurt Tippett, comes in I'm happy to play that role and pinch hit in the midfield when they need me. Unfortunately they haven't needed me this year which is a positive [for the team] as well.''

Under John Longmire, the Swans have preferred to limit Goodes to only cameo roles in the midfield as they believe their superstar's size, strength and mobility are better utilised in attack to help take pressure off Reid.

The Swans also have tremendous depth in their on-ball stocks, led by the likes of Josh Kennedy, Kieren Jack, Jarrad McVeigh and Ryan O'Keefe, which has been further strengthened by the improvement of youngster Luke Parker. Goodes is yet to impose himself on a game this season, averaging just a tick more than 16 possessions, but has a habit of stepping up for the big matches as his efforts in last year's finals showed. Friday night's blockbuster against the unbeaten Geelong is undoubtedly one such occasion.

Despite being dogged in the pre-season by the knee injury he suffered during last year's grand final, Goodes is confident his fitness levels are the same as those of his teammates.

''I had to rest for quite a bit of time over the pre-season just to get my knee right but I haven't had any setbacks,'' said Goodes, who played two practice matches before the start of the premiership season.

''It feels fine, great to jump off, turn, twist. I've had a pretty full-on running pre-season this side of Christmas, it's been the first time I've been able to run. Since then it's been great.''

Goodes said the Swans were still hungry for success after last year's flag and was pleased by the competition for places in the senior team. Those on the cusp such as premiership player Mitch Morton, Jed Lamb, Jesse White and Tom Walsh have starred in the seconds this season but cannot crack a berth in the senior 22.

6 comments so far

  • There is so much to like about this great footy side. They fly under the radar for most of the season and then crunch others. This team has benefitted so much from their 'no dickheads' policy and are a pleasure to watch and thats hard because I don't even support them!! There are a few other teams and players from other codes that could take a lesson or two from the attitude of the Swans.

    Commenter
    Ian
    Location
    Tura
    Date and time
    April 18, 2013, 10:05AM
    • Plus 1!

      I just love this club.

      Commenter
      Dani Nguyen
      Date and time
      April 18, 2013, 12:52PM
  • Me too (although I'm also not a supporter).

    Shame they had to stoop to signing Tippett, though. Hard to reconcile that witha 'no dickheads' policy.

    Commenter
    Paul D
    Location
    Brissie
    Date and time
    April 18, 2013, 3:08PM
    • Settle down you two. Just remember one thing, had it not been for the AFL giving them 10% more than anyone else to pay for players, and then not having to actually dig into their own coffers to pay it, they would be a middle of the road team. This COL allowance is a joke and a rort. The AFL give them this allowance to keep AFL relevant in Sydney and at the top of the ladder. The end

      Commenter
      You know its true
      Date and time
      April 19, 2013, 8:25AM
      • Spoken like a true Victorian. You arrogant sods don't own the game, you know. there's a good reason why the A(V)FL stopped State Of Origin. Too bloody embarrassing for them.

        Commenter
        Paul D
        Location
        Brissie
        Date and time
        April 19, 2013, 11:01AM
    • So Paul D of Brissie you think they should get more in the salary cap? Facts are it's a rort, it's not about COL, its designed to keep Sydney at the top of the ladder so they remain relevant in Sydney. The NRL, NBL, and the A league have salary caps, but no one else gives a COL allowance like the AFL do. Open your eyes.

      Commenter
      Yu know it's true
      Location
      The Gong
      Date and time
      April 19, 2013, 9:08PM

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