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Longmire says AFL Bulldogs pose threat
Neda Vanovac
14:19 AEST Fri Aug 17 2012
Sydney Swans coach John Longmire.
Swans coach John Longmire maintains the Bulldogs continue to be an AFL team to watch out for.

Sydney AFL coach John Longmire maintains the Western Bulldogs continue to be a team to watch out for, despite their woeful season.

And although the Swans are on top of the ladder after 20 rounds, they have no intention of sitting back for Sunday's clash at Etihad Stadium against the 15th-placed Bulldogs.

"They've got seven ins, including (Ryan) Griffen, (Brownlow Medallist Adam) Cooney, (Shaun) Higgins," Longmire told reporters on Friday.

"There's some absolute quality players (coming) into the Bulldogs team this week.

"(We're) making sure our blokes are pretty switched on to play what could arguably be the best Bulldogs team - certainly on paper - for the year. They'll take some handling, I think."

The Swans (15-4) had their first loss in 10 games against Collingwood last weekend, and lead Collingwood and Adelaide on percentage.

The Swans have tough matches against Hawthorn and Geelong approaching before the finals.

And although the Bulldogs are on an eight-game losing streak and were defeated by the Swans by 92 points in round 10 at the SCG, Longmire refuses to discount coach Brendan McCartney's team.

He knows the Swans can't afford to lose this weekend's game, and is happy that key forward Sam Reid will be playing after taking time off for a knee injury.

Reid's return will also take the pressure of co-captain Adam Goodes, who is struggling to find top form after a quad injury.

"He (Reid) is an important player in the forward structure of the team and will allow `Goodsey' to do some other things in our forward line and midfield and gives us a bit more flexibility," Longmire said.

"It's an important position on the ground for him to play and even when he's not kicking goals he's really important in our forward structure and bringing the ball to ground.

"His speed in our forward line is a bit underestimated, as is his ability to put defensive pressure on as well.

"So he does become an important player for us."