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McGlynn back for Swans

By Adrian Warren 10/06/2010 06:53:16 PM Comments (0)

Early-season sensation Ben McGlynn will make his return for the Swans at the place of his most memorable performance but livewire rookie Lewis Jetta will be rested from Saturday's AFL clash with Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

McGlynn, who Sydney acquired in a draft week deal from Hawthorn late last year, kicked nine goals in the Swans' first four games before falling victim to a quadriceps injury.

The 24-year-old forward endured a frustrating seven-game absence but was one of two players recalled to the side this week.

Half-back Tadhg Kennelly was also reinstated to the side after missing just one game.

Demoted to the seconds were forward Henry Playfair due to hamstring soreness and Jetta.

Sydney coach Paul Roos said Playfair and Jetta were being rested and Sydney's bye next week would give both men a chance to freshen up.

Speedy Jetta has added extra pace to Sydney's midfield and backline but has started to flag in recent weeks and has kicked 0.13 for the season.

"He's played all 11 games and done really well and he want him to reload a bit for the back end of the year, so we can get the best of him again," Roos said.

"He's been terrific. For a young player to play all 11 games is a big effort, it's a big step up."

McGlynn emerged as one of the hit recruits of the year after drilling eight goals in a two-week period, including five against Adelaide at AAMI Stadium back in round two.

While obviously enjoying sweet memories of his last visit to the venue, McGlynn wasn't anticipating a similar return this Saturday.

"I probably won't demonstrate that again," McGlynn said.

"I don't think there's any pressure for me to come in and perform straight away, I just want to do my little bit for the side."

Roos said McGlynn's return and the emergence of Sydney's other first round draft pick Gary Rohan, as a handy goal kicker, meant Sydney could rest Playfair without worrying about a potential drop off in scoring.

He also backed co-captain Adam Goodes to lift after a couple of quiet games and small scoring contributions.

A win would take Sydney to 7-5 heading into their bye.

The Swans are one of 17 separated by just four points in a massive mid-table log jam.

Roos said beating Port and keeping their win-loss ratio above 50 per cent was probably more important psychologically than statistically.

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