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Goodes defends Swans' new forward line

By Adrian Warren 17/03/2010 07:24:52 PM Comments (0)

Sydney star Adam Goodes is tipping the Swans new-look forward line to stretch opposing defences and isn't concerned about a lack of playing time for new spearhead Daniel Bradshaw in the lead up to their opening AFL clash with St Kilda.

Goodes, who has won Brownlow Medals as both a ruckman and midfielder, is part of a revamped Sydney forward line following the departure of Barry Hall and the retirement of Michael O'Loughlin.

He is expected to start at centre half forward with Bradshaw and emerging youngster Jesse White providing the other tall targets.

Speedy high draft picks Lewis Jetta and Gary Rohan are expected to push for time up forward, recruited ruckmen Mark Seaby and Shane Mumford are also likely to spend time in attack.

Goodes stressed the Swans would be less reliant on a couple of key forwards for their scoring output as they were during the Hall-O'Loughlin era.

"The main thing is there's going to be a number of goal kickers, it's not going to be one or two blokes kicking the majority of goals," Goodes told reporters on Wednesday.

"It's going to be spread evenly across the forward group and with some midfielders chiming in there as well.

"I think we can really stretch people with myself, Jesse White and Daniel Bradshaw all in the same forward line at any one time and we can even chuck a ruckman in down there at the same time so that gives us a few more different looks."

Former Brisbane star Bradshaw is on course to make his Sydney debut in the round one clash with the Saints at ANZ Stadium, despite missing all of the Swans pre-season games with a knee injury.

"He's done a bit of ball work today and he will do a bit more on Friday and he will train next week so at this stage he's on track to play, but we'll obviously have to see heading into the game," coach Paul Roos said of Bradshaw.

Neither Roos or Goodes had any worries about Bradshaw's lack of opportunity to play alongside his new forward colleagues.

"He understands our game plan and it's not as if he's going to play a high half forward role," Goodes said.

"He's going to be out of the goal square and we've just got to get use to his leading patterns and the way that he's going to bring the ball to ground."

Jetta believed his pace would be "handy" against St Kilda and was happy with his pre-season but down played his prospects of earning selection for round one.

Asked where his speed came from, Jetta joked: "probably just chasing the kangaroos in the paddock."

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