Lance Franklin is fired up for an additional AFL conflict with former aspect Hawthorn however Sydney’s ahead line is able to present they’re no one-man band.
Franklin’s first half of the season was marred by groin and hamstring accidents.
The famous person returned to his greatest previous to the bye, booting 5 targets to assist the Swans upset reigning premiers West Coast, and can take centre stage on the SCG on Friday night time.
Franklin looms as essentially the most regarding risk for the guests’ defence that has been weakened by the absence of suspended skipper Ben Stratton.
Nevertheless, Franklin’s fellow forwards Tom Papley and Sam Reid have performed key roles within the Swans’ current resurgence.
Franklin, Reid and Papley mixed for 13 targets in a profitable rating of 18.eight (116) towards the Eagles.
The trio will likely be joined on Friday night time by returning younger gun Will Hayward, who has recovered from the calf harm that pressured him to overlook the Swans’ best match at residence since 2017.
“In case you have a look at the objective and objective help stats, it’s clear there are completely different avenues to objective aside from Bud,” Hayward mentioned.
“Paps popped up with 5 final week, Menz (Daniel Menzel) has been inflicting complications.
“Sam Reid has been enjoying actually good footy, he’s in nice type … James Rose got here in final week and palyed good footy.
“It’s actually good to have a dynamic ahead line.”
Franklin, who gained two flags with the Hawks earlier than becoming a member of the Swans for the 2014 season, is about for an eventful eight days.
The four-time Coleman medallist will play his 300th sport on the SCG in spherical 15, when the Swans host Gold Coast, whereas it’s no secret that Friday night time will carry additional significance for the veteran due to the opposition.
“I all the time love enjoying alongside him, particularly once we’re up towards his previous aspect,” Reid mentioned on Massive Sports activities Breakfast.
“He’s one of the vital aggressive gamers I’ve performed with … he’s up and about this week.”
Hayward acknowledged Stratton’s enforced omission was a bonus for the Swans however famous it wouldn’t change their mindset on Friday night time.
The 20-year-old, who additionally missed three video games earlier this season due to a damaged jaw, admitted it’s been a irritating season for him.
“Accidents are going to occur once more all through my profession. It’s nearly the way you overcome them,” Hayward mentioned.