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Swan to sit out VFL clash

Sportal August 15, 2012, 2:36 pm
Dane Swan

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has confirmed Dane Swan will not play in the VFL on Saturday as he serves the second week of his club-imposed suspension.

The Magpies have banned Swan from playing in the AFL for two games because he broke a team drinking rule after Collingwood's Round 19 victory over St Kilda.

Buckley has decided Swan will not be allowed to play for Collingwood's VFL side this week to prepare for the Magpies' Round 22 clash with West Coast.

"No, we've had a discussion about that and Swanny's got some really solid sort of training work in and football work," Buckley said on Wednesday.

"We'll take that opportunity for him to really feel top of the ground.

"We'll get plenty of football touch into him and have him cherry ripe for West Coast."

Buckley is not concerned with Swan's fitness having seen how the reigning Brownlow medallist has committed to training over the past week.

"Swanny's been diligent with that and speaking to him yesterday after watching the game on Saturday night, he's pretty toey and looking forward to being able to get his hands dirty," Buckley said.

Swan had two weeks off last season around Collingwood's bye in Round 13 where he spent time in Arizona training at altitude.

The 28-year-old midfielder returned in stunning form, earning over 30 possessions in all but two of Collingwood's last 14 matches of 2011.

Buckley is hopeful Swan may respond in similar fashion this year, having spent time in the Magpies' own altitude room this week.

"Proof will be in the pudding but he's definitely committed to his training and he's working hard so that's been great to see," Buckley said.

Collingwood are set to take on North Melbourne on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium and Buckley has been very impressed with the Kangaroos' direct style of play as Brad Scott's side have won their past five games.

"They've got a really defined game structure and they've got a real belief in the way they play," Buckley said.

"I think their development over the last couple of years has been very strong.

"They've got young players, fit players who are buying into their system and they're playing a really strong and intense style of footy.

"I've been impressed by what they've been able to achieve."

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