If Sydney coach John Longmire is concerned about Fremantle or North Melbourne resting players and the potential ramifications for his AFL club, he’s not letting on.
Longmire is adamant about one thing – he won’t rest players from the Swans’ final-round home game on Saturday against Gold Coast.
A win will secure Sydney fourth spot at worst and set up a potential first-week finals clash away to Fremantle, who are resting a host of players in their last-round game.
North have also flagged their intention to rest players and, if Richmond beat the Kangaroos and Sydney lose to the Suns, the Tigers could displace the Swans from the top four.
With Sydney in control of their own destiny as far as a top-four spot is concerned, Longmire isn’t immediately fretting about other teams resting players.
“No concerns for us this week because we’re playing the Gold Coast and that’s just what it is,” Longmire said.
“Whatever happens after this week we’ll turn our focus to that, but we’re completely focused on Gold Coast this week.”
Longmire attributes the Swans’ three-match win streak to several factors including the lift in form of his senior players, who have made it clear to him they aren’t interested in being rested this week.
“We’ll be playing our best side available,” he said.
Longmire said star forward Lance Franklin needed to play a full game in his second match back from a knee issue after being substituted against St Kilda and the same applied to Gary Rohan, who also returned last week from injury.
“I don’t think he (Franklin) was absolutely ecstatic to put the red vest on last week,” Longmire said.
“Lance coming back last week played a bit deeper and this week it will be good for him to run around.”
Midfielder-forward Ben McGlynn, playing just one out of the past 12 games, made his comeback in the reserves last week and is another player getting fitter.
Longmire said McGlynn gave the Swans flexibility and added bite, speed and pressure and he was keen to get him back into the senior side despite his lack of recent match play.
He said midfielder Luke Parker could resume running on Friday, just three weeks after suffering a broken fibula.
He wasn’t sure when Parker would be available for selection, but said he was on track to meet the original prognosis of a minimum four weeks out, which would put him in contention to return in the first or second week of finals.
Longmire said defender Nick Smith wouldn’t play on Saturday because of a short six-day turnaround since he suffered a minor hamstring injury.