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Goodes could play 350 games: O'Loughlin

By Adrian Warren 14/08/2009 08:15:42 PM Comments (0)

Sydney's AFL games record-holder Michael O'Loughlin reckons Adam Goodes can easily surpass his tally and play 350 games, but the dual Brownlow Medallist isn't so sure.

O'Loughlin last week became the first Swan to tally 300 senior games.

Full-forward O'Loughlin, who will retire at the end of this season, doesn't expect his final tally to remain the record for long.

Goodes, 29, chalks up his 250th game on Saturday against Geelong at ANZ Stadium and is already committed to playing for at least two more seasons.

Asked on Friday of the possibility of Goodes surpassing his record O'Loughlin told reporters: "I think I'm keeping the seat warm for him.

"I think he will play 350 and I told him he's kidding if he doesn't," O'Loughlin added.

"He's just a super athlete and the way he prepares and looks after himself.

"He's right up there with the best of them, so there's no reason why he can't play 350.

"But I don't want to put too much pressure on him, he's done alright so far."

Only 10 players including Swans coach Paul Roos have played 350 AFL games.

"I don't know about 350 but if the body holds up and I keep managing my body well, I'd definitely love to play as many games as I can for this great football club," Goodes told AAP on Friday.

"The only real reason I've been thinking about it is if Mick (O'Loughlin) was to miss one game in the last ten weeks, we could've shared the 300 and 250 (milestones) and that would've been a fantastic celebration and I would have loved to have shared it with him.

"It's a nice little milestone. I see myself playing for a couple more years yet so hopefully I've got a few more games left in me.

"All I can ask as a co-caption and as a player celebrating my milestone is that if we have the same we have the last two weeks I would be very happy walking off the ground with the team."

Goodes has sparkled after being moved forward in recent weeks.

O'Loughlin, who is the second-leading goalkicker in Sydney's history, had no doubt Goodes would be a success up forward.

"He won a Brownlow in the ruck, and won a Brownlow playing on the ball, who knows he might win one up forward," O'Loughlin said.

"He's just such a special player and one in a generation."

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