Longmire, Swans rally around Goodes

Sydney coach John Longmire will front the media for the second time this week on Thursday morning as the Swans continue to rally around Adam Goodes.

Longmire will be joined by co-captains Jarrad McVeigh and Kieren Jack and chief executive Andrew Ireland in a show of support for Goodes as he deals with the booing controversy.

The dual Brownlow medallist’s AFL future remains unclear after he was granted indefinite leave by the club on Wednesday, meaning he will at least miss the Swans’ clash with Adelaide.

He was initially given two days away from the club to gather himself after he was loudly booed by sections of the West Coast crowd on Sunday – a reaction he and teammate Lewis Jetta consider had racist overtones.

The veteran Swan is so upset by the furore, he is said to be considering his future in the game.

“As a club, we are working with Adam and those close to him and supporting him through what is a really difficult time,” Ireland said in a statement released on Wednesday.

“Adam is sick and tired of this behaviour. It has been happening for too long and it has taken its toll.

“We will give Adam all the time he needs. We will keep supporting him and he will return to the club whenever he is ready.”

Goodes’s next opportunity to return to the field is against Geelong at Simonds Stadium next week.

Cats coach Chris Scott addressed the media on Wednesday and expressed his confidence the 365-game veteran would be well received in Geelong.

“I think, in a perverse sort of way, there’s an opportunity for our supporters to show a bit of leadership on this issue,” Scott said.

“One of the positives with a bit of an ugly situation is that the AFL community has been galvanised.

“The reality is now, whether we like it or not, booing indigenous players and specifically Adam Goodes has a racist overtone, so on that basis it should stop.”

Goodes has received universal support from the club and the wider AFL industry as he deals with the issue.

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