Teams: Sydney vs Brisbane Lions, Sunday May 7th, 1:10pm AEST

The Swans have continued ringing in the changes this week, making 5 changes to the team that lost to Carlton in round 6.

Jarrad McVeigh is straight into the senior team having recovered from his calf and hamstring issues, and will be joined by ruckman Sam Naismith, Aliir Aliir, Oliver Florent and Dean Towers, replacing Gary Rohan (concussion), Jeremy Laidler (achilles), Brandon Jack (omit), Nic Newman (omit) and James Rose (omit).

McVeigh hasn't played a senior game since last years' grand final after persistent calf issues interrupted his pre-season campaign, as well as hamstring issues prior to his return, keeping him sidelined for the first 6 rounds.

However, there's no such worries this week, as he trained and recovered well and will no doubt prove to be a valuable addition to a team desperate for guidance off the half-back flank.

John Longmire described the return of the experienced player as a "timely addition".

“He’s obviously a vital member of our team and a really hard driver, so we’re rapt to get him back out on the ground,” Longmire said.

“He’ll give us some really good voice, direction and leadership.

“His ability to play on different types of players in different positions will be really invaluable for us.”

Sam Naismith has recovered from his shoulder injury quicker than expected, and is set to become a massive inclusion for the Swans this week, who've struggled in his absence.

“He’s made a fantastic recovery,” Longmire added on Naismith.

“This time last week we didn’t expect him to play, but he’s got himself right, trained and completed all the running he needed to do…it’s fantastic to have him back in the team.”


In Out
J. McVeigh
S. Naismith
A. Aliir
O. Florent
D. Towers
G. Rohan (concussion)
J. Laidler (achilles)
B. Jack (omit)
J. Rose (omit)
N. Newman (omit)
Emergencies Milestones
J. Foote
H. Marsh
N. Newman
C. Sinclair 50th game


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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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