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Kennelly almost ready for Sydney Swans

Adrian Warren 25/04/2011 04:49:24 PM Comments (0)

Irish defender Tadhg Kennelly finally appears ready to make his season debut for the Swans, but the Sydney match committee faces some interesting selection posers before Friday's SCG clash with Carlton.

Kennelly is one of several players potentially pushing for promotion to a side that lost their unbeaten record with a last start loss to Geelong.

Forwards Jarred Moore and Trent Dennis-Lane and ruckmen Mark Seaby and Mike Pyke are other players whose form in the reserves will demand the match committee's consideration.

"The reality is that we probably had five or six players that didn't have great games against Geelong and our reserves played quite well," Sydney coach John Longmire told reporters on Monday.

"It will just come down to whether we give those players another chance or we decide to bring some of the players in that are in good form in our reserves.

"We're starting to get a little bit of pressure in from underneath now, which is really important."

A knee injury stalled Kennelly's start to the season, but after three reserves games, the dashing defender is in line for a recall.

"We know he's a real quality player, he's fit now, he's confident in his his knee, so he'll be up for selection this week," Longmire said of Kennelly.

"I'm sure he'll be close."

Uncertainty still hangs over any return date for veteran forward Daniel Bradshaw, who has yet to play this season due to ongoing knee issues

Longmire was hopeful Bradshaw would not suffer a similar fate to defender Craig Bolton, whose injury issues recently prompted him to announce his retirement.

He said Bradshaw was "taking small steps at a time" and increasing the load through his knee.

"He's running at the moment, he'll be running a bit more next week and hopefully getting to a stage where he can train," Longmire said.

"What we do know is we can't train him too hard, before we play him, so that will be a consideration that hopefully he getsthrough the next week or two and at training and then he's able to just get out there and play as soon as he can.

"We're being reasonably conservative with what we're doing with him at the moment. He's still desperate to play, we're still desperate for him to play and we're confident that will still occur."

The Sydney coach said the Swans would jump at any future opportunity to participate in an Anzac Day fixture or a mooted Good Friday matchup against Greater Western Sydney after they enter the competition next year.

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