Longmire won’t rest Swans

Longmire won’t rest Swans

Sydney coach John Longmire won’t be resting players in the final AFL regular season round this weekend.

A win in their final round home game against Gold Coast on Saturday will secure at least fourth spot for the Swans.

Fremantle and North Melbourne have already flagged their intention to rest players, but Longmire stressed his senior players had showed no interest in resting this week.

If Richmond beat the Kangaroos and Sydney lose to Gold Coast the Tigers could displace the Swans from the top four.

Should the top four stay the same, a rested Fremantle will host the Swans in the first week of the finals.

Longmire didn’t express any concern about what other clubs were doing.

“No concerns for us this week because we’re playing the Gold Coast and that’s just what it is,” Longmire said.

“We’ll be playing our best side available. We obviously need to win this week.

“We’re in a situation where we can control our own destiny as far as where we finish on the ladder at the end of the home and away season.”

He said star forward Lance Frankiln needed to play a full game in his second match back from a knee issue and also wanted to pump more time into Gary Rohan.

He confirmed defender Nick Smith would miss a second game with a hamstring issue.

Longmire said midfielder Luke Parker could resume running on Friday, three weeks after suffering a broken fibula and forward-midfielder Ben McGlynn would continue his comeback in the reserves.

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