Swans rally to support Goodes
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.”
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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.”