Bolton says Goodes is struggling

Former Sydney champion Jude Bolton says his two-time premiership-winning teammate Adam Goodes may have erred in deciding to press on for a 17th AFL season.

Goodes, a dual Brownlow medallist and the Swans’ games record holder, was relegated to the substitute’s vest for Saturday night’s 48-point win over Port Adelaide.

Goodes entered the fray in the last quarter at Adelaide Oval and accumulated six possessions.

The 35-year-old toyed with the prospect of retirement at the end of the 2014 campaign before deciding to play on.

“The question was posed to (Sydney coach) John Longmire in the press conference, why was he started as a sub, were you protecting his body?” Bolton told Channel Seven’s Game Day.

“John Longmire said we just pick the best team.

“That says Goodes was pretty ordinary last week – he played a shocking game against Essendon.

“It could be a tough year and maybe he has gone on one year too long.”

Goodes managed only nine touches in the come-from-behind 12-point win over the Bombers in round one.

Bolton and Goodes played 301 games together for the Swans from 1999-2013.

Goodes has played a record 353 matches for Sydney.

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