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Jesse White up front for Swans

By Adrian Warren 13/07/2009 07:45:52 PM Comments (0)

Fresh from kicking 19 goals in his last two reserves games, Sydney youngster Jesse White will get the chance to fill the gaping forward vacancy created by the departure of Barry Hall.

With Sydney two wins outside the top eight and almost certain to miss the finals for the first time since 2002, coach Paul Roos will pump more game time into the younger players over the remaining rounds.

Back-up ruckman and former Canadian Test rugby back Mike Pyke is another emerging player earmarked for more senior matches, after making just his third top-flight appearance last weekend.

White booted 11 majors against Tuggeranong last weekend, having helped himself to eight goals the previous week against Ainslie.

The 196cm youngster from the Gold Coast has made 11 of his 13 senior appearances this season, kicking five goals.

While 21-year-old White was used as a backup ruckman to Darren Jolly earlier in the season, Roos revealed he was set to get a run at full-forward against Carlton on Saturday.

"I think he is probably better suited deep at the moment, because he's certainly explosive and strong as well," Roos said.

"We see him as more of a key forward than a ruckman and I think we saw that on the weekend when he played in the seconds.

"He's certainly the sort of guy we've got to back for the majority of the rest of the year and give him game time under his belt."

Roos said White would also benefit from playing alongside current full-forward Michael O'Loughlin, the club's all-time games record holder who will retire at the end of the season.

"If Mick is there it certainly takes the pressure off him as well, so it will be a good experience for him to play a bit of footy with Mich before he goes."

Pyke, a late replacement for current club champion Jarrad McVeigh against Essendon, performed well enough against the Bombers to convince Roos he was worthy of more senior exposure.

"Compared to earlier in the season, he has improved significantly," Roos said of Pyke.

"He looked a lot better than earlier in the season and some of his ruck work was really, really good, so he's certainly one we can continue to play in the ruck if we feel like it."

At the other end of the experience spectrum, veteran fullback Leo Barry is set to return in the reserves this weekend.

Bedevilled by injuries this year, Barry is still slated to add a few more senior games to the 234 he had tallied by the end of last season.

While Barry, Hall and O'Loughlin are all scheduled to finish up with the Swans this year, Roos said the club hadn't yet spoken to the other two members of Sydney's over 30 brigade midfielders Brett Kirk and Jarred Crouch, about what they wanted to do.

He expected McVeigh to be available this week and thought Craig Bolton would again get the job on Carlton spearhead Brendan Fevola.

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