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Coach Roos savours Swans' win

By Roger Vaughan and Adrian Warren 25/09/2005 07:08:34 PM Comments (0)

Paul Roos joked about taking six months off to savour the moment, while John Worsfold promised he would be over his disappointment the moment he started planning for next season.

Whether by accident or intention, the two grand final coaches had summed up the apparent prospects for their clubs just hours after Sydney's historic four-point AFL premiership win.

It remains to be seen whether Roos has extracted everything possible out of a blue-collar squad which the coach has regularly acknowledged is not the most talented in the league.

But West Coast looks every inch a team on the rise, with even Roos predicting the Eagles won't have to wait long to win a third flag.

Sydney faces several personnel issues, with premiership ruckman Jason Ball, defender Andrew Schauble and utility Matthew Nicks all retiring, while former captain Stuart Maxfield faces a tough battle if he is to return from a season-ending knee injury.

Then there is the intangible factor of how quickly the Sydney players put the highlight of their AFL careers behind them and concentrate on next season.

While Maxfield faces an uncertain future, fellow veteran onballer Paul Williams will play on in 2006.

Roos said the Swans would be keen to see who was available from other clubs ahead of next week's trade period and the November draft.

A priority would be finding a ruckman to replace Ball.

"Stuey (Maxfield) hasn't absolutely finalised and we've given him every opportunity, Willo will play next year, which we're really keen to have him, so that's great," Roos said.

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