Swans rally to sup­port Goodes

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THE play­ing fu­ture of Adam Goodes re­mains un­cer­tain as the club ral­lied around their cham­pion player who re­mains in a frag­ile state.

The Swans en­tire play­ing group, coach­ing staff and chief ad­min­is­tra­tors at­tended the media con­fer­ence in a show of sup­port and sol­i­dar­ity.

Swans CEO An­drew Ire­land also hit out at com­men­ta­tors in­clud­ing Alan Jones who said Goodes has been play­ing the vic­tim through­out the boo­ing saga, which has been go­ing on for more than a year.

“Com­men­ta­tors who make those sorts of com­ments con­stantly play the race card in a lot of things they say,” Ire­land said. “I think it’s some­thing that is con­stantly part of Aus­tralia and dis­ap­point­ingly so that some com­men­ta­tors will head down that route and pro­mote that sort of view.”

Goodes has not trained or been to the club since he ar­rived in Syd­ney on Mon­day fol­low­ing the Swans’ loss to the West Coast Ea­gles in Perth.

“Clearly Adam is strug­gling with the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion,” Ire­land said.

“We think giv­ing him some time off is the right thing to do. Hope­fully af­ter a few days off he’ll come back and get back into his footy. We’re not cer­tain of that, my cur­rent view is he will come back and play out the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“The boo­ing em­anates be­cause he’s not a quiet in­dige­nous per­son.”

‘‘ Clearly Adam is strug­gling with the

cur­rent sit­u­a­tion

AN­DREW IRE­LAND, SWANS CEO

The Swans are hope­ful Goodes hasn’t played his last game but are not cer­tain. If last Sun­day’s match turns out to be his fi­nal game of football Ire­land said it would be a scan­dal.

“I think the whole thing has been a dis­grace,” Ire­land said.

“For a tal­ented player such as Adam who has been a fan­tas­tic player on the ground and a fan­tas­tic per­son, plus the amount of com­mu­nity work he does, I don’t know what else you need to do to be a good Aus­tralian.”

Co- cap­tains Kieren Jack and Jar­rad McVeigh said the best way they can show their sup­port was by play­ing well against Ade­laide on Satur­day.

“It’s ter­ri­ble to see a mate who is in dis­tress,” McVeigh said. “We’re all sup­port­ing him and we’re all be­hind him which is why we’re all here to­day. His well­be­ing is at the fore­front of our mind.”

Both cap­tains be­lieve he hasn’t played his last game. “I ex­pect him to play again,” Jack said. “The most im­por­tant thing is Adam’s wel­fare, we’re sup­port­ing a friend and team­mate who is re­ally strug­gling.”

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