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Tippett to help Swans in Goodes' absence
Rob Forsaith
15:21 AEST Thu Jul 4 2013

The recent club debut of Kurt Tippett has left Sydney co-captain Jarrad McVeigh upbeat the AFL's reigning premiers can once again cover the absence of Adam Goodes.

Goodes will miss at least six games for the Swans due to knee surgery, creating a massive void in leadership, skill, and big-game experience at the club.

However, it's not an unfamiliar challenge for the Swans.

The dual Brownlow medallist was sidelined for five matches last year due a quad injury and the Swans managed to tally three wins without their talisman.

McVeigh noted a like-for-like replacement was impossible then, and is impossible now.

But the introduction of Tippett, who was one of Sydney's best in the wet against Carlton last Friday night, will help coach John Longmire.

"We're probably fortunate that Tippo has come in now and he can kind of fill that role that Goodesy played when he was forward," McVeigh told AAP.

"With Mummy (ruckman Shane Mumford) and a few of the other boys to come back, we think we can still be really competitive.

"He (Goodes) is obviously a superstar of the game and been a great player for us for a long, long time.

"But we're not a one-man team."

In a best-case scenario, Goodes will have three games to regain match fitness before the finals start.

It would seem an unideal preparation for the final stages of the Swans' premiership defence, but McVeigh suggested the enforced break could help the 33-year-old veteran.

"He obviously knew it was sore and six weeks is not too bad, considering it will probably freshen his body up a bit," he said.

"Hopefully he'll be fit for the last few games of the season and, if we play finals, we can have him back for that."

McVeigh said Tippett was cherishing the chance to play after sitting out the first half of the season due to a 11-game ban for his role in Adelaide's salary cap breach.

"He fit into this group really nicely early on, he had real enthusiasm when he was out (at training), and now he's continued that into the games.

"He's really enjoying his footy at the moment, which is a good thing for him and a good thing for the team."


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