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.