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Tippett set to step straight in for Swans

Kurt Tippett at a Swans training session.

Kurt Tippett at a Swans training session. Photo: Getty Images

Sydney coach John Longmire has confirmed prized recruit Kurt Tippett is ''a strong chance'' to be put straight into the senior team without a game in the reserves when the Swans resume after their bye.

Tippett has completed his 11-match suspension for breaching draft and salary rules with Adelaide, but cannot play at any level this weekend because the Swans have byes in seniors and reserves.

Tippett therefore cannot play until round 13, when he would line up against Port Adelaide - meaning he would play at his old stamping ground of AAMI Stadium - if the Swans opt to play him in the seniors in his first game.

''He's a strong chance to play next week,'' Longmire said on Tuesday.

''He's been training really well … we'll make a decision on him next week.''

Longmire said Tippett had been putting in ''a lot of work'' during his absence, with the Swans planning match practice on Saturday during their weekend off - as they did during the break last year.

While there has been discussion about whether Tippett's return could push a tall forward or ruck out of the side, the former Crow's prospects of an immediate return are enhanced by the unavailability of ruckman Shane Mumford, who is out for three to four weeks with a broken cheekbone, while key forward Sam Reid is rated only ''a small chance'' to play against Port, having torn his left quad against Collingwood in round nine.

The Swans, who have strengthened their premiership credentials with a treble of imposing victories over Collingwood, Essendon and the Crows, will be adding Tippett to arguably the deepest midfield in the competition, rivalling Hawthorn and Geelong for pole position in the flag race.

They may also regain Lewis Jetta, who missed Sydney's massive 77-point victory over Adelaide due to injury.

Longmire had earlier indicated Tippett would be nursed in his return, playing as a permanent forward. Tippett can play as the back-up ruckman, though his imminent availability could create some selection posers for Sydney when Mumford and Reid both return, bearing in mind Adam Goodes also spends much of his time as a target up forward.

Tippett joined the Swans via the pre-season draft - essentially for no draft cost - as an uncontracted player on a four-year deal worth more than $800,000 a season, having chosen to leave Adelaide in an exit that prompted an investigation that led to his suspension and the Crows being penalised by losing draft picks for two seasons and a fine.

25 comments

  • The extra money sydney has in its salary cap is ridiculous. Its expensive to live anywhere not just sydney!! Its a joke how interstate clubs get so many advatages. So much for a fair competition

    Commenter
    rickdingo
    Date and time
    June 12, 2013, 7:19AM
    • +1

      Commenter
      kepler-22b
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 7:52AM
    • You do realise that extra money is spread over EVERY player contract signed at the Swans. Every player gets a cut of the extra % it's not some lump some of cash.

      How did the Swans afford Tippett? Easy - have a look at the playing list. How many Swans players could you name before last years grand final? Now have alook at the age of the players you could name and see how many of them are on the Veterans list (a salary cap allowance available to every club).

      Commenter
      MT
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 8:43AM
    • Give me a break rickdingo. so the swans put together a team of either players bred by our own system plus a whole of bunch of players no one wanted, and then when we get a big name player you all want to jump up and down about it? Look at Carlton 2007. getting all those draft picks then one C. Judd falls into their laps (thanks to ol Pratty's money). How is that any different to the Swans getting Tippett?

      Commenter
      Aidos
      Location
      somewhere
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 10:06AM
    • You obviously know squat about the cost of living in Sydney dingo - everything is more expensive - accommodation in particular !

      Commenter
      Deputy
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 10:21AM
    • Jealous much?

      Commenter
      Rick Grimes
      Location
      At work
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 10:45AM
    • You're quite right. This is all about the desperation of the AFL to make the game popular in Sydney no matter what the cost is to other clubs. Look at the huge amount of money being wasted on trying to manufacture a team in western Sydney. No genuine supporter base but lots of cash. A couple of years ago I was told that many hundreds of tickets were being handed out for free in Sydney for Swans games to try and boost crowd numbers. If that is still going on then it just proves conclusively that the two teams in Sydney are never going to be truly accepted.

      Commenter
      Robbo
      Location
      Mt Eliza
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 11:04AM
    • @rickdingo

      Since when was the competition fair? It has never been fair, whether it is Collingwood's 16+ games in Melbourne to Sydney's extra 1M in their salary cap.

      The draw is rigged with the derbies and Collingwood v Essendon anzac day and other game later in the year.

      So I think you were looking at AFL through rose coloured glasses, if you think it was fair.

      Coming the from a Crows supporter, good luck to Tippet, he took the easy road and got greedy (he wanted to buy a premiership), he should have gone to the Gold Coast, I hope the Swans play the Gold Coast in the future in a GF and lose, that would serve Tippet right.

      Commenter
      Charles
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 11:32AM
    • The paid outside opportunities available to players in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth is ridiculous. Players should have equal opportunities (or none for everyone), not just those in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It's a joke that Melbourne players get so many advantages. So much for a fair competition.

      The extra money Melbourne clubs make from the unfair draw is ridiculous. The fact that the Grand Final is always played in Melbourne is ridiculous. The hogging of FTA coverage and Friday Night football by Melbourne clubs is ridiculous. The fact that only one of the AFL Commissioners is from a non-Melbourne club is ridiculous. The majority of umpires being from Victoria is ridiculous. The number of clubs in Melbourne is ridiculous. The parochialism of Melbourne-based supporters is ridiculous. Comments like yours are ridiculous. So much for a fair competition (or comment).

      Commenter
      Thunder
      Location
      the sky
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 11:57AM
    • Fair enough I'm a Swans fan, but interstate clubs don't have all the advantages. The fact the Grand Final is always played at the MCG is a massive case in pont.

      Commenter
      TheBlackSwan
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      June 12, 2013, 12:13PM

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