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Malceski keen to go forward for Swans

By Ian Mccullough 07/04/2009 10:42:38 PM Comments (0)

Nick Malceski says he would love the chance to play as a half-forward again for Sydney in Brisbane this weekend, but laughed off suggestions he could replace Barry Hall as full-forward.

Hall is battling to overcome a groin strain for Saturday's clash against the Lions at the Gabba, but Malceski - who kicked three goals in the 38-point win over premiers Hawthorn on Saturday - said he can't see his versatility being stretched as far as full-forward.

"I played wing and half-forward which was a bit of a change for me, kicking a few goals was a real positive and I may hopefully get another crack up there next weekend,"Malceski said.

"I had no idea going into the game I was going to be playing forward, but I would like another crack at playing there.

"I may go and see our forwards coach John Blake and have a word ... but I don't think there is any chance of me getting up to play full forward. I just hope `Hally' is fit enough to play, just in case."

Swans coach Paul Roos said he was delighted with Malceski's performance on Saturday and said he was looking stronger with each game after making a full recovery from revolutionary anterior cruciate ligament surgery which saw him back in action after less than five months on the sidelines.

"Nick did really well and he is really working himself back into some form and the three goals he kicked against Hawthorn were arguably our most important three goals and sort of kept us close," he said.

"They were good goals and from around and outside 50 and he showed what an important player he is as he is versatile, he can play halfback, he can play wing and can play half-forward.

"He showed playing half-forward what he can do and we will probably play him through the forwards again this week."

Roos said he was hopeful Hall will play against the Lions and had planned ahead for the game with him in the side.

"Barry is getting better, as you would expect, but it is something you have to look at day by day," Roos said.

"At this stage, we are planing for him to play.

"But you always have a plan B in case he doesn't, but we will be aware if he isn't fit and what we have to do to cover for him."

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