Longmire urges fit players to lift

Sportal May 28, 2012, 4:49 pm
John Longmire

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Sydney coach John Longmire has urged his team to forget about the absence of injured star Adam Goodes.

Dual Brownlow Medallist Goodes tore his quad against Adelaide in Round 6, and the Swans have lost two of their three matches since the Crows defeat.

Questioned about whether Goodes would solve Sydney's issues when he returns, Longmire said he was focused on players who were available.

"I don't think it's all about Adam Goodes. Adam Goodes hasn't played for a month and won't play for another couple of weeks," Longmire said on Monday.

"I'm less (concerned) about Adam Goodes and more about the players who can actually do something on the weekend.

"It doesn't concern me too much because there's no point worrying about it."

While Goodes remains at least a fortnight away from returning, the Swans could regain ruckman Shane Mumford from a back injury for the clash against the Western Bulldogs at the SCG on Sunday.

"A lot will depend whether Mumford gets through this week and we decide to play him in the seniors or reserves," Longmire said.

"That will evolve as the week goes on. At this point he's been able to do a little bit of training last Thursday, train with the reserves on Saturday, trained again today, and will do so again Wednesday and Friday.

"We'll see how he goes. He's no certainty yet. We'll just make sure he pulls up OK."

According to Longmire, Matt Spangher could make his first senior appearance of the season against the Bulldogs, while Tony Armstrong is another in the mix.

Longmire said he was worried about his team's failure to respond when St Kilda produced their best in Saturday's clash at Etihad Stadium, which the Saints won by 28 points.

"We'll look at changing the structure and maybe some personnel, but really it's about attitude," he said.

"When the opposition really cranked it up on the weekend, we didn't respond, and that was the most concerning thing.

"We've got to make sure we respond with the type of football we know we should."

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