Menzel kicked four goals for Sydney’s reserves last weekend and will play his fourth AFL match for the Swans since he was picked up as a delisted free agent over the summer. The 27-year-old former Geelong forward has not had the impact Longmire would have liked thus far, but the coach admitted earlier this year he rushed him back too soon from off-season groin surgery.
Rose, meanwhile, was electric in the NEAFL with 38 touches and nine tackles. Jack, who has been in and out of the senior side this season, did not play but has clearly done enough on the training track to merit a return, edging out Ryley Stoddart. Ollie Florent, meanwhile, will play his 50th game after he was a late withdrawal against the Cats last weekend.
“They’ve got a very good midfield, we know that,” Longmire said of the Giants. “They’re balanced all over the ground. They’ve got some real firepower in their front half, no question about that, so we’ve got to make sure we put pressure on to restrict their entries and the qualities of their entries.”
As anticipated, Longmire has resisted the temptation to name ruckman Sam Naismith after he made a successful return in the NEAFL following more than a year on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Naismith will spend at least one more week in the lower grade, meaning rookie Hayden McLean and back-up Robbie Fox face a daunting afternoon against Giants veterans Shane Mumford and Dawson Simpson, with GWS coach Leon Cameron opting to retain his two-ruck set-up for the third successive week.
Cameron has brought in Brett Deledio and Jake Stein for the injured Sam Taylor (hamstring) and Daniel Lloyd (calf). Veteran Deledio was rested from last weekend’s one-point win over Port Adelaide, a calculated risk the club is hopeful will pay off across the remainder of the season.
“It’s great to have Brett come straight back in. The week off has done him a world of good,” Cameron said. “He’s trained strongly and is looking forward to getting out there at Giants Stadium this weekend.”