Mid­field wor­ries deepen for Suns

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE Gold Coast Suns’ mid­field will be even more de­pleted than usual against Syd­ney to­mor­row due to the ab­sence of Jack Martin and David Swal­low.

Martin (calf) and Swal­low (man­aged) have been with­drawn from the team with Jesse Lon­er­gan and Kade Kolod­jash­nij be­ing called up to re­place them.

“Jack, un­for­tu­nately, yes­ter­day hurt his calf (and) it’s just too quick a turn­around for this week so hope­fully he’s back next week,” coach Stu­art Dew told the Suns web­site last night.

“Dave’s had a re­ally big year and his loads have been right up, par­tic­u­larly the last cou­ple of weeks, so we felt it was in the best in­ter­est to give him a game off to give him the best chance to fin­ish the year re­ally strongly.”

Dew said their ab­sence gave Lon­er­gan and Kolod­jash­nij a chance to stake their claim for a spot in the start­ing 22 once again.

“Jesse, in par­tic­u­lar, has al­ways been do­ing the right things and just look­ing for those op­por­tu­ni­ties so we look for­ward to get­ting him back in the side and wel­come him into the mid­field,” Dew said.

“Kolo ob­vi­ously has fought his way back too, he’s had a re­ally solid month and we were al­ways keen to give him an op­por­tu­nity to ce­ment his spot in the side again.”

In a third change, Ja­cob Heron re­turns to the Suns line-up to re­place Josh Schoen­feld.

Syd­ney coach John Long­mire has named his fifth debu­tant of the year with big man Darcy Cameron set to take on the Suns at the SCG.

“Darcy is a for­ward ruck type of player who has been play­ing in our re­serves for quite a while at a re­ally high level,” Long­mire said.

“He’s able to mark the ball as a tall for­ward or go on ball and play in the ruck he’s got some ver­sa­til­ity and he’s earned his spot.”

Cameron’s in­clu­sion is the one change to the team which beat North Mel­bourne last week with Dan Robin­son the one to miss out.

Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

Jack Martin has failed to over­come in­jury in time.

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