The AFL’s Sydney Swans will be trying out wingman Lewis Jetta and tall forward Sam Reid in the team’s backline during the preseason to see how they fare in new positions. The club is going ahead with the experiment to try to add more flexibility to its 2015 lineup. The Swans saw free agent Nick Malceski head to Gold Coast following the completion of the 2014 campaign and are thinking about replacing him with Jetta running off half-back as they believe his kicking and pace will come in handy. To follow the Swans this season visit BetEasy AFL for a variety of wagering options.
Reid, who stands 196 centimetres tall, booted 17 goals last year in 20 contests and Sydney believes he’ll add some more height in the backline along with the 192 cm-tall Ted Richards and Heath Grundy. Both Reid and Jetta played in the backline during the club’s recent intra-squad game in Coffs Harbour and according to head coach John Longmire they looked impressive. The coach told the media, “Part of this pre-season is to develop the players in different positions. We don’t want to be too stationary in the way we line up every week.”
Longmire said it helps the club if players care able to play effectively in a variety of positions and added that, “Sam and Lewis certainly showed some terrific signs in that back half.” The 23-year-old Reid was lined up against forward Lance Franklin in the session and Longmire believes he’ll gain a lot of experience from playing in the backline during the preseason. Longmire remarked, “Even when you go back and play forward yourself to learn some of the tricks of the trade is always valuable.”
Longmire stated that he used to play in the backline sometimes during his AFL career as a forward and enjoyed doing it. He feels that Jetta and Reid will become more complete players by doing the same thing. This should please the club’s fans and they may want to back the team this season with a BetEasy AFL wager. The Swans were smoked by 63 points in last year’s Grand Final by Hawthorn and Longmire is confident his side can bounce back this year. “We’re into 2015 now and that’s what we’re focused on,” he said.
The coach said he was impressed with the team’s first and second-year players so far as they’ve shown a lot of intensity. He mentioned that draftee Lewis Melican has stood out so far and has quickly adapted to the club’s game plan since joining it. “The second-year players have developed again, so there’s no doubt they’ll get opportunities in those early NAB Cup games,” Longmire announced. Fans and bettors can back any of the league’s teams and players this season by checking out the BetEasy AFL betting odds and markets.