Trading places, a Jack of all trades

Injury to former Swans captain Kieren Jack, has paved the way for his younger brother Brandon Jack to make his long awaited return to the senior team, playing his first AFL game in over 12 months.

The enigmatic forward-turned-midfielder has always turned heads, especially with his dominating performances in the NEAFL, and while he's showed glimpses of undoubted potential and ability in the AFL, he hasn't been able to build any momentum or consistency.

Jack last featured for the Swans in their 2015 semi-final loss to North Melbourne at Stadium Australia.

The 22 year old left footer played 17 games in the NEAFL last year, averaging 26 disposals and kicking 14 goals, twice named as an emergency for the senior team.

Brandon Jack is joined by Nic Newman and Jeremy Laidler, coming in for Kieren Jack (hip), Jordan Foote (omit) and Harry Marsh (omit), for the round 6 encounter against Carlton at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

“He’s been one of our more consistent performers,” Longmire said of the younger Jack.

“He didn’t play at all last year, despite putting in some pretty consistent performances in our reserves.

“He’s kept pushing his case, kept playing well week in, week out, and you can’t ask for any more than that.

“We bring him back into the senior team which is good for him.”

While it's surprising to see Harry Marsh omitted from the team, given his improving and consistent performances, he pulled up with hamstring soreness at training on Thursday.

Longmire believed that the setback was minor, similarly to McVeigh, but it wasn't worth the risk to play him and it was too early to tell how long he would be out for.

“He’s had a history of previous injuries in that area so it’s just too big of a risk to play him,” Longmire added.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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