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Hall likely to lead Swans in finals

By Adrian Warren 23/08/2005 09:10:54 PM Comments (0)

Barry Hall looms as the man likely to lead the Swans in its coming AFL finals campaign.

Sydney has rotated six players through the position in two-week stints since original 2005 incumbent Stuart Maxfield stood down earlier in the season.

Under the rotational policy, centre half forward Hall would be due to regain the post for the first two weeks of the finals but would then have to pass it on.

However, both Sydney coach Paul Roos and the club's leadership group, from which the six captains have been drawn, appear to favour appointing one leader for the duration of Sydney's finals campaign.

"I got some feedback from the leadership group today, they were reasonably keen just to continue the rotation and I think they were keen for one guy to do it through the finals series, which would obviously mean Hally would be the one to do it," Roos said.

"I suppose as coach, I'm probably the one that makes the decision, but you do get the feedback.

"I'll get some feedback from the other coaches and we'll make a decision next week.

"When I briefly spoke to the leadership group, one of the things I did say was I think my opinion would be once this finals series starts you'd like to go with one guy, throughout that whole finals series and they tended to agree."

Hall, who is running second in the Coleman Medal with 69 goals - five behind St Kilda's Fraser Gehrig - led the team in mid-season wins over Carlton and Fremantle and is widely considered a favourite to be full-time Swans captain next season.

Roos expected veteran ruckman Jason Ball to be fit for Saturday's MCG tussle with Hawthorn after the veteran ruckman was rested during the second half of last weekend's home win over the Kangaroos because of a thigh niggle.

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