Suns aiming to shut out Reid

Sportal July 27, 2012, 2:48 pm
Sam Reid

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Gold Coast will pull out all the stops to shut down in-form Sydney forward Sam Reid in Saturday night's clash against the AFL ladder leaders at Metricon Stadium.

Guy McKenna's men will take a two-pronged approach to limit the influence of the 20-year-old, who has kicked 12 of his 25 goals for the season in the past four weeks.

The coach said the Suns will look to double and triple-team the big-leaping 194cm giant wherever possible, but will also 'cut the throat to starve the stomach'.

"(That means) make sure those clearances and stoppage work up the ground is put under some pressure so that when they win it, (we've) actually got a chance at spoiling it," McKenna said.

"When it's lace out, silver service - you can ring up Gary Pert, Paul Roos himself to come back and play at full-back, or Steve Silvagni. It doesn't matter who you are.

"He's a fantastic player - a focal point, no different to Jonathan Brown, who is at the other end of his career."

Reid could quite conceivably have a field day against a Gold Coast side that has seen its defensive stocks decimated by an ongoing injury crisis.

In the absence of Nathan Bock, recruit Matthew Warnock is now the expansion side's number one defender, but McKenna said Charlie Dixon or Steven May, who comes into the side for Sam Day (rest), could also get the job on Reid.

In midfield, if the Suns are to carry out their coach's plan to cut off the young gun's supply lines, they will also need to get over the absence of Michael Rischitelli, who could be out for as long as a month with knee and ankle injuries.

The former Brisbane Lions club champion suffered another injury setback this week, but McKenna said the side has enough confidence from three consecutive competitive efforts to go on without the star onballer.

McKenna also did little to hide his admiration for the table-topping Swans.

Ex-Sydney captain Brett Kirk is employed by Gold Coast in a part-time mentoring role to help bring the 2005 premiers' famed 'Bloods' culture to the glitter strip.

"We make no bones about why Brett Kirk is in the role that he's providing. It's to tap into some of that," McKenna said.

"Who you are and what you are off the field generally gets manifested on the field in times of need.

"Quite clearly, their culture off the field, you can see that work very well for them on the field.

"And for a long period of time - not just this season. It stands the test of time."

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