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Swans pick new-look forward line

By Adrian Warren 02/07/2010 06:17:11 PM Comments (0)

Debutant Trent Dennis-Lane is part of a vastly revamped Sydney forward line for Sunday's AFL clash with Richmond at the MCG, but the Swans have erred on the side of caution with leading goal-kicker Daniel Bradshaw.

West Australian Dennis-Lane, 21, was one of four changes to the side which lost to Collingwood last weekend.

The No.55 pick in the 2009 draft was promoted to the senior side along with two other forwards, Henry Playfair and Jarred Moore, plus running defender Tadhg Kennelly.

Dropped from the side were youngsters Lewis Jetta, Gary Rohan, Jesse White and premiership player Paul Bevan.

Former Brisbane premiership star Bradshaw will be missing for a fifth successive week despite being named in Sydney's initial 25-man squad on Thursday.

The veteran full forward, who tops Sydney's goal-kicking list with 25, has had ongoing injury problems with his right knee.

Warming up for training on Friday, 31-year-old Bradshaw used only his left leg in kicking drills.

Even before the session, Sydney coach Paul Roos made it clear the Swans would adopt a no-risk policy with Bradshaw.

"There's still a long way to go in the season, so he just needs to be comfortable and the medical staff need to be comfortable that he's pain free and ready to play," Sydney coach Paul Roos said of Bradshaw.

Roos was especially happy to welcome back Moore, the relatively unheralded small forward who was in hot form prior to suffering an ankle injury.

"He's a really important forward for us, he organises down there, he's hard over the footy and tackles really well," Roos said.

Moore, 24, missed Sydney's last six games.

He acknowledged Sydney's forward line needed to find greater consistency after struggling to kick big scores without Bradshaw.

The Swans haven't kicked over 100 points in a game since their round six victory over Brisbane.

"I suppose we haven't really be consistent for the season, so that's something we're striving to be for the rest of the year," Moore told reporters on Friday.

Dennis-Lane, who has kicked 12 goals over the last two reserve games, including seven last week, is the fourth Sydney debutant this year.

He follows Jetta, Rohan and Campbell Heath.

Roos hoped demotion to the reserves would help White regain some form.

The highly-touted 22-year-old forward has kicked 12 goals in 12 games but struggled to display the form he showed in the closing rounds of last year.

The 198-centimetre Playfair, who kicked five goals for the reserves last week and booted four majors in four senior appearances prior to a hamstring injury, will give Sydney another tall option up forward.

"He (Playfair) is a smart player, he marks the footy really well, so he makes our forward line a little more predictable to the guys upfield," Roos said.

He expected Adam Goodes to remain up forward despite his recent patchy form and also suggested Ryan O'Keefe would stay in the midfield despite producing three goals after moving back to the forward line against Collingwood.

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