Lance Franklin is fired up for one more 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 celebrity 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 probably the most regarding menace 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’ latest resurgence.
Franklin, Reid and Papley mixed for 13 targets in a successful rating of 18.eight (116) towards the Eagles.
The trio shall be joined on Friday night time by returning younger gun Will Hayward, who has recovered from the calf damage that pressured him to overlook the Swans’ best match at residence since 2017.
“Should you have a look at the purpose and purpose help stats, it’s clear there are totally different avenues to purpose aside from Bud,” Hayward mentioned.
“Paps popped up with 5 final week, Menz (Daniel Menzel) has been inflicting complications.
“Sam Reid has been taking part in 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 recreation 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“I all the time love taking part in alongside him, particularly once we’re up towards his outdated aspect,” Reid mentioned on Huge Sports activities Breakfast.
“He’s one of the 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.