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Swans, Magpies trade a win for all: Roos

By Adrian Warren 21/06/2010 06:17:02 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach Paul Roos has declared the Swans' trade with Collingwood a win for both teams as his club prepares to confront their premiership-winning ruckman Darren Jolly for the first time.

Jolly moved to Collingwood late last year in a deal which enabled the Swans to secure Lewis Jetta and Ben McGlynn, each of whom has had a strong first season.

Despite losing Jolly, Sydney struck gold in the ruckmen recruiting stakes picking up former West Coast big man Mark Seaby and ex-Geelong back-up Shane Mumford.

While Eagles premiership-winning ruckman Seaby is missing a big chunk of the season through injury, Mumford and former Canadian Test rugby back Mike Pyke have developed into a strong tandem.

Roos said it would be strange to see Jolly in Collingwood colours, but felt the deal had worked for both clubs.

"I think it's been a real win-win situation, we ended up getting Lewis Jetta and Ben McGlynn and they got a quality ruckman in their team," Roos told reporters on Monday.

"It's one of those things, if you go to the trade table in good faith, you normally get a win for both footy clubs and I think it has been that.

"Certainly his (Jolly's) last month has been really good for the `Pies. It will be a bit strange (him playing against Sydney).

"We've got Mummy rucking against him and Pykey will know him (Jolly) a bit better than what Mummy will.

"Our ruckmen have been really solid, particularly over the last two weeks since Mummy has been back (from suspension).

"Without Seabs, a lot of credit has gone to Shane and rightly so, but I think Pykey has done a really good job as well.

"It's a credit to him how far he has come in such a short space of time, he's clearly a better player than what he was."

Roos said Sydney's leading goalkicker and full-forward Daniel Bradshaw looked certain to return on Saturday at ANZ Stadium after missing the past three games with a knee problem.

"We are looking to train him tomorrow for 20 minutes and then again on Thursday, at this stage he's done everything to get to this point," Roos said.

"Providing he doesn't pull up sore after training tomorrow or Thursday, we certainly expect him to play."

Halfback Rhyce Shaw is also on track to return after missing the win over Port Adelaide.

Sydney, who haven't beaten Collingwood since 2005, enter Saturday's game in sixth spot, six points behind the fourth-placed Magpies.

An eight-point game has developed between ninth-placed Melbourne and the rest of the chasing pack.

"I'd say this year maybe 11 (wins) and a good percentage is going to get you in (to the finals) and maybe even 10 (wins)," Roos said.

In his final season with Sydney, Roos joked he had reached an agreement with Collingwood counterpart Mick Malthouse to let him get a win over the Magpies following eight successive losses.

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