Gary Rohan, second from left, celebrates with Swans teammates after scoring the winning goal against Essendon with the last kick of the game in Round 14  of the 2017 AFL season. Picture: David Moir/AAP
Gary Rohan, second from left, celebrates with Swans teammates after scoring the winning goal against Essendon with the last kick of the game in Round 14 of the 2017 AFL season. Picture: David Moir/AAP DAVID MOIR

No pressure on Swans star after death of newborn

GRIEVING dad Gary Rohan is back at Sydney and could be a chance to play against Adelaide at the SCG.

The speedy utility missed last Saturday's game against the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne, two days after the birth of his twin daughters, only one of whom survived.

Rohan returned to the SCG on Monday and took part in a skills session.

While his appearance ­fuelled suggestions he could face the Crows on Friday, Sydney coach John Longmire said: "We don't expect anything at the moment. We'll just take it one day at a time and see how it goes.

 

"We're certainly not going to make any grand statements on a Monday.

"Obviously he and (his wife) Amie have had some challenging moments last week and also had some ­exciting moments as well.

"He and Amie are going really well considering the challenges they had last week and we and they really appreciated what (Bulldogs coach) Luke Beveridge said after the game."

Beveridge had paid an emotional tribute to the Rohan family after the Swans' seven-point win at Etihad Stadium.

Longmire reported no injury worries out of the Bulldogs game, and star forward Lance Franklin had no ill affects from a knock to his shoulder.

"He had a bit of bruising on his arm but he's fine now, so no problems," Longmire said.

He said his other key forward Sam Reid felt good and was walking around after surgery on a damaged quadriceps tendon. He will keep be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks.

Jarrad McVeigh and Gary Rohan during the Sydney Swans session at the SCG ahead of their match this Friday night against the Crows. Picture: Phil Hillyard
Jarrad McVeigh and Gary Rohan during the Sydney Swans session at the SCG ahead of their match this Friday night against the Crows. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Sydney is among the front-runners after hard-earned wins over West Coast, Greater Western Sydney and the Bulldogs, and a loss to Port Adelaide.

While the Crows crashed to Collingwood last week, Longmire was preparing to face Adelaide at its best.

"What they played against Richmond a couple of weeks ago was A grade, so we'll be planning for that," Longmire said.

He was pleased by the development of second-year midfielder Oliver Florent, who kicked the match-clinching goal last weekend, and Luke Parker rediscovering his goal-­kicking touch.



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