John Longmire needs to take risks to revive the Swans as a premiership threat.
Had the AFL slapped a trade ban on Sydney after their historic 2005 premiership, as they have during their current era of success, Ted Richards would most likely have faded into the football wilderness.
Lance Franklin has just one more hurdle to clear before making his return from injury as Sydney muscle up for the run into the finals.
Two of the game's champion key forwards and a long-lost Cat headline the inclusions, while three club captains and the Brownlow Medal favourite are all outs for the season's penultimate round.
Two years after being inspired by Mike Pyke's trailblazing AFL achievements, Jason Holmes will ruck against him in a Canada v USA duel.
The threat of gaping deficiencies in Sydney's ageing list has prompted the AFL to consider partially lifting the restriction on the Swans' ability to move players in the forthcoming trade period.
The AFL will not ask Chris Langford to sit out of the commission's hearing of Sydney's appeal against the league's controversial trade restrictions despite a perceived conflict of interest.
Adelaide's membership tally dropped by 2.5 per cent this year – but if you want to sign up, join the queue.
Lance Franklin completed a high-intensity training session on Tuesday and has given himself every chance of playing in this weekend's clash with St Kilda – a side midfielder Harry Cunningham believes has been "flying under the radar".
After a month of uncertainty, the injury cloud is finally lifting over Lance Franklin, who is closing in on a return on Sunday.
Never has the rule of thumb about how finals series are played out looked shakier than right now.
Sydney are confident Lance Franklin can make a full recovery from injury in time for the club's finals campaign.
Leon Cameron gave his side a fierce tongue lashing after Greater Western Sydney's "non-competitive" performance against Sydney, saying it was as bad as anything they served up during the club's formative years.
His critics have say he is overpaid and should be offered as trade bait, but right now Kurt Tippett is looming as Sydney's biggest forward weapon heading into the finals.
Sydney Swans player Isaac Heeney was a junior footballing prodigy – but how good could he be?
The Sydney Swans have finalised a deal that will see them play all finals at their home base, the Sydney Cricket Ground.
There is not much former Brownlow Medallist Gavin Wanganeen has not seen in the game so it takes something special to impress him. Sydney's next debutant James Rose has already done just that.
It takes more than geography, off-field bickering and a series of drubbings to make a rivalry. Some cutting on-field sledges? Now you're getting warm. Pinching Lance Franklin from under the other's nose? That's good stuff but it's what happens when you play for sheep stations, and not just four points, when it really spices up.
Lance Franklin is out but that's only the start of the woes for Sydney, who have been hit hard by injuries on the eve of their stoush with cross town rival Greater Western Sydney.