Sydney will do their utmost to keep the ball out of former Swans player Lewis Jetta’s reach when he rolls into town with West Coast for Saturday’s blockbuster AFL clash at the SCG.
Having made the switch after six seasons with the Swans, 2012 premiership player Jetta will return to his old stomping ground in Eagles colours for the first time.
“We’re hoping he has a shocker – that’s the plan,” Swans star Luke Parker said.
Fellow midfielder Josh Kennedy agreed.
“We’re looking forward to getting him back out on the SCG,” Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy said.
“Hopefully I won’t be chasing him too much – we’ll get some of the younger, quicker boys to be doing that.
“We’ll try and stop his influence because he’s a tremendously damaging player, and if he gets the ball in his hands too much he’s certainly going to hurt.”
The Swans suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, going down by 10 points to Adelaide.
It leaves John Longmire’s former ladder-leading side in third, and means West Coast have a chance to replace them in the top four if they can snag a win in front of a hostile Sydney crowd.
In-form Parker was most wary of the Eagles’ gun forward pack featuring Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Josh Hill.
That’s before you mention ruckman Nic Naitanui.
“The heat is going to be on in the middle, especially with Nic in there,” Parker said.
“He’s in tremendous form at the moment, so it’s going to be a big focus for us this week trying to nullify that and get the game on our terms, especially from the centre bounce.
“We will look at in great depth and hopefully can get on top in that area.”
Defeat to the Crows robbed the Swans of their unbeaten record, but Kennedy felt nothing else had been lost and believed the team’s four-quarter performance put to bed any question marks over form.
“The feeling was that it could have gone either way,” he said.
“They probably did things a little bit better when it was needed, but hopefully we can learn from that and given the opportunity again get it going our way.”
Meanwhile, the club re-signed versatile and speedy youngster Harry Cunningham on a three-year deal.