Longmire cagey on Goodes’ return to Swans

Sydney coach John Longmire has refused to be drawn on whether he will bring self-relegated Swans great Adam Goodes back from the reserves next week.

Longmire was at Lakeside Oval on Saturday to watch Goodes run out a full NEAFL game and slot three fourth-quarter goals in the Swans’ 63-point loss to the University of Western Sydney Giants.

The dual Brownlow medallist, who has played under an hour of AFL over the Swans’ first two rounds this season, looked comfortable in the midfield and later up front in his first reserves game of his illustrious 17-season AFL career.

“I thought he was OK,” Longmire said.

“He said he felt really good being able to run out the game, and the level of fatigue for playing as long as he did.

“He played on ball in forward so he got a good run, and kicked three goals so he feels better for that.

“That’s what the idea of the whole thing was in the first place.”

Goodes volunteered to be dropped this weekend rather than sit on the bench again for the Swans who scored a 21-point Sydney derby win over the GWS Giants at the SCG on Saturday.

The 35-year-old said he was relieved to get some good minutes under his belt, and would take as long as needed to regain the form and fitness Longmire requires for the first team.

But his coach wasn’t yet willing to put a date on his return.

When asked whether Goodes would play against Fremantle in Perth next week, Longmire simply said: “We’ll see.”

Goodes’ quiet start to the 2015 season has led to comments from critics – including two-time premiership-winning teammate Jude Bolton – that the utility may have played one year too many.

His teammate, Swans defender Rhyce Shaw, responded saying that anyone who believes that has got “rocks in their heads”

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