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Goodes worried about Swans, not Brownlow

Rob Forsaith 06/09/2011 07:24:11 PM Comments (0)

Having won two Brownlow Medals, you'd expect Sydney co-captain Adam Goodes would feel comfortable discussing his chances of pocketing a record-equalling third in the 2011 AFL season.

However Goodes once again proved on Tuesday that he is as modest off the field as he is spectacular on it.

The odds of the 31-year-old winning a third Brownlow have been slashed in recent weeks, coinciding with his hot form in the Swans' strong finish to the season.

Carlton skipper Chris Judd remains a strong favourite to win his third medal, with one bookmaker having already paid out and others offering odds as low as $1.63, but there's been plenty of late money for Goodes.

The 2003 and 2006 Brownlow winner, who has consistently polled well in his career, wasn't in a self-indulgent mood when asked about his prospects of winning AFL's highest individual honour once more.

"Hopefully we're still part of grand final week and we're looking forward to playing someone on grand final day," Goodes said.

"That'll be the mindset I'll definitely be in.

"I'm definitely really pumped to play finals football this year and be able to lead the group out on Saturday night into enemy territory."

Goodes, who now only trails Judd in some Brownlow betting markets, received a glowing endorsement from coach John Longmire.

"It's hard to disagree with much that's said about Adam's form. He's been fantastic," Longmire said.

"I've seen him over the year, I've been lucky to enough to see Adam playing really good footy at different times and certainly some of his best footy."

Goodes and Jude Bolton are set to play their 19th finals match on Saturday night, a club record at the Swans.

Sydney will play St Kilda in Saturday night's elimination final at Etihad Stadium, and Goodes expects it'll be a tougher game compared to his side's 15-point win at home in round 22.

"They're going to have a bit of that burning in their stomach from the last time we beat them up here," Goodes said.

Goodes was Sydney's sole representative in the 40-man All Australian squad and will be vying for his fourth All Australian berth when the final team of 22 is announced on September 19 in Melbourne.

However one suspects the 298-game veteran has little interest in such achievements.

"This (finals) is what we play for," he said.

"It's a bit warmer outside, the grass is always a bit greener. It's just that time of the year. You wake up in the morning and all those little bumps and bruises don't feel as sore as they used to."

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