Adam Goodes just wants to train and get his mind back on playing football
That was the simple message from Sydney coach John Longmire as Goodes made his first public appearance since being racially vilified on Melbourne radio by Eddie McGuire on Wednesday morning.
The Swans champion was met by a larger than normal throng of media on Thursday as he walked up the players race onto the SCG for training.
Goodes did not speak to reporters then trotted off for a casual lap. Appearing relaxed, Goodes spent much of the warm-up stretching and having a kick to kick with teammate Lewis Jetta.
"He just wants to come along today and enjoy training with his teammates," Longmire said.
"That's the thing he's looking forward to the most, getting on the ground and having a run around and a kick and doing what he does and has done so well for so long.
"He'll do that today, enjoy having a run around and a kick and getting his mind onto the footy."
Despite the off-field drama surrounding Goodes this week, the Swans are confident the dual Brownlow Medallist is physically and mentally fit to take on Essendon in Saturday's sell-out game.
"At this stage we expect him to play but if that changes it will be Adam's decision, it won't be my decision," Longmire said.
"We've got a 33-year-old bloke who has played 340 games of league football who has been around a long time and understands how he prepares himself."