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Everitt gets his chance with the Swans

Adrian Warren 24/03/2011 08:58:03 PM Comments (0)

Andrejs Everitt has the chance to become the latest in a long line of players to successfully relocate to Sydney, after forcing his way into the Swans side for their AFL season-opener against Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday.

Everitt, 22, came to Sydney from the Western Bulldogs as part of a trade week deal which sent forward Patrick Veszpremi in the other direction.

Over the years, Sydney have made a habit of importing players from interstate who have flourished at the club after stalling at their previous home.

Perhaps the most notable example is defender Craig Bolton, who retired on Thursday.

He went from being a fringe player at Brisbane to a two-time All-Australian and International Rules representative.

Others to successfully make the move in recent years include Rhyce Shaw, Ted Richards and Josh Kennedy.

Everitt is seeking a permanent position after 36 appearances in four seasons with the Bulldogs.

With dashing defenders Tadhg Kennelly and Nick Malceski both recovering from knee injuries, Everitt's arrival at he club and his strong pre-season form has been a timely boost for the Swans.

"He's been fantastic since he arrived here, his role across halfback has improved every week and he's been growing in confidence every week," Longmire said.

"It's been been important for us as well. Losing Nick Malceski we've been able to get Andrejs into that line playing down back and he's been very good."

He said Kennelly was expected to play for the reserves this weekend, with another veteran back Lewis Roberts-Thomson (hamstring) scheduled to resume in the seconds the following week.

"They both look good at training, we just want to make sure that we don't get to the stage of rushing them back," Longmire said.

Sydney are continuing to tread cautiously over veteran forward Daniel Bradshaw, who is experiencing ongoing knee issues.

"He's not running this week and won't run next week, we'll scan him at the end of next week and see how he's shaping up," Longmire said.

With Bradshaw out, 19-year-old Sam Reid, who played one senior game in round 22 last season, has been named at full forward.

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