Teams: Sydney Swans vs Gold Coast Suns, Saturday July 8th

The Sydney Swans have announced their first unchanged line up of the season, and their first since round 21 2016.

Callum Mills dispelled any lingering doubts surrounding his fitness, proving himself fit to face the Suns on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the concussion, the 20-year-old exciting defender received the green light from the medical team and that came to fruition after completing Thursday's main training session.

“We were confident for the whole week that he’d be right to play,” Longmire said in Centrum Team Selection.

“Our doctor always has the final say and he was also confident throughout the week.

“But you’re never quite sure until you see how he goes at training.

“He trained really well and pulled up well so he’s fine.”

“He’s courageous but he’s also really smart,” Longmire added.

“He knows it’s a really serious thing, concussion, and to make sure he’s absolutely right.

“I spoke to him afterwards and he said, ‘I can guarantee you, if there was something wrong I’d tell you,’ and I absolutely believe him so he’s right to go.”

Longmire was pleased with the teams' performance last Friday night against the Demons, and rejected the urge to make changes despite players pushing their case.

“It’s obviously good to have a reasonably settled team, we were really happy with what they were able to deliver last week,” Longmire said.

“We still want to get better, we know that, (and) our reserves played at really strong level as well, but we’ve decided to go in with an unchanged team.”

The reserves will play the curtain raiser on Saturday at 12.50pm at the SCG, where Callum Sinclair, Aliir Aliir and Alex Johnson will be in action.

View teams on Sydney Swans website.


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