It's finally here! Our very first episode of the SwansCast Extra, our weekend preview show, coming at you every week after the teams have been announced.
It's a great week to kick start the Extra cast as well, with Nick Blakey informing North Melbourne and Brisbane of his intentions to remain with the Swans. He's a terrific young talent and will no doubt slot straight into any senior team he plays for, Swans or otherwise. Think Hayward, just 10cm taller.
Speaking of talents, we're not really sure what the future holds for Aliir and Newman. While Aliir has battled on-going injury problems, and had the misfortune of being selected when he's not match fit, and not being selected when he's fit, Newman's situation is significantly different.
At 25-years of age, he should have played more in his fledgling AFL career. He finally made his debut for the Swans at 23 after a superb NEAFL season and finals series, and despite several promising games, especially last year against North Melbourne, he hasn't kicked on.
A bit like Towers and Fox, he's a bits and pieces player, a bit of a journeyman, someone that's plonked in a position and asked to play a role. With McVeigh and Papley returning to the side, and Lloyd's form last year fantastic, he found himself surplus to requirements. He still had several crucial moments against Essendon and especially Richmond, that more than helped the Swans win.
Both players are out-of-contract this season, but we're in agreement that Newman seems the more likely of the pair to leave.
Where were not in agreement is with Steven's outlandish predictions on Carlton. Hearing is believing, and while I'm desperately disappointed if that's something you can't do, hit me up on social media or email and I'll let you know what he said. Heather and I couldn't help but chuckle, and no doubt you will too.
In this weeks' episode I'm joined by Steven Park from the Facebook group Road 2 Glory and Heather Quinlan, columnist and former Sydney Morning Herald Journalist.
We chat about the biggest news from the week and discuss the game against the Kangaroos coming up. Daw and Waite are massive outs, so the tall fest that was looming this week no longer exists, but Ben Brown is still a significant threat.
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