Three's company: Longmire faces selection headache with an embarrassment of riches ahead of Hawks clash

Longmire faced the press earlier today in his scheduled Monday conference and answered the burning questions ahead of the crucial clash against the Hawks on Friday night.

Despite Callum Sinclair playing a blinder, kicking 5 goals with 8 contested marks, the best contested performance since Barry Hall in 2008, his position in the team is far from assured.

Kurt Tippett is banging down the door in the reserves, returning from injury over the past two weeks with strong outings, kicking five goals and helping himself to 21 disposals and 10 marks in the Swans emphatic win against NT Thunder.

He was overshadowed by the absurdly good performance Jordan Dawson put in, scoring a massive 196 dream team points, with 40 disposals, 14 marks, 8 tackles and 3 goals.

Despite Sam Reid being a shoe-in when he returns to full fitness, the Swans are set to have a significant selection dilemma on their hands.

One of the key ingredients in their resurgent run since round 12 has been the distinct lack of height in the team, playing one ruck man with Dean Towers and Sam Reid pinch hitting in the ruck.

A theme that continued against the Saints, with Towers taking more contests around the ground than Sinclair in the first three quarters.

Asked if Callum Sinclair might find himself excluded from this weeks match, despite his career best performance, John Longmire said that the match committee hadn't met yet.

"We haven't had match committee yet but I haven't heard anyone throw up his name to be out of the team," Longmire said.

With Reid a test throughout the week and Tippett playing well in the reserves, the selection committee will certainly have a hard decision to make on Wednesday evening.

When asked about Kurt Tippett, Longmire said that he's been improving, and that's what he has to focus on, whether it's in the reserves or seniors.

"I was really pleased with how Kurt (Tippett) played on the weekend. Whether he plays seniors or not he's heading in the right way."

Which ever way the selection committee goes this week, they deserve the fans trust, having arrested a potentially catastrophic 0-6 start to the season, and turned the league on its head, sitting 10-7 and a game outside of fourth.

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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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