Sydney ruck Tom Hickey is satisfied he can benefit from his insider information to have the higher of buddy and former teammate Rhys Stanley within the AFL grand remaining in opposition to Geelong.
The ruck battle looms as essential to the result within the premiership decider, particularly now that revitalised Swans tall Sam Reid is in critical doubt to play on Saturday.
On the centre of will probably be Hickey and Stanley, as the 2 rucks meet within the largest match of their careers after taking part in collectively at St Kilda from 2013-14.
Stanley spent as a lot time ahead as within the centre sq. in these years on the Saints, however has turn into a first-choice ruck since transferring to the Cats.
“He is an excellent man Rhys. I’ve had some good battles with him over time,” Hickey instructed AAP.
“We nonetheless hold in touch, so I am actually trying ahead to developing in opposition to him.
“He is so athletic; he can bounce, he even gained a grand remaining dash again in 2009.
“He is additionally tremendous sturdy. He is most likely the strongest bencher I’ve ever seen.
“However I do know all his strengths, I simply have to nullify them on Saturday.”
The Swans’ ruck shares look set to take successful with Reid sustaining an adductor harm and being substituted out of Saturday’s preliminary remaining in opposition to Collingwood at half-time.
Reid has performed the final 14 matches and kicked 17 objectives in that point whereas additionally pinch-hitting for Hickey within the ruck in a surprising return to kind after being one of many final Swans provided a contract for this season.
Younger talls Joel Amartey and Hayden McLean are in line to switch the 2012 premiership participant if wanted, with the Swans unlikely to expire with Hickey as their sole ruckman.
“Each of these guys have performed actually good soccer once they’ve are available in and if considered one of them will get the nod then I will be pumped for them and able to assist them,” Hickey mentioned.
“I play 100 to 110 minutes a recreation so we’re most likely solely speaking 15 to 20 minutes for another person to ruck anyway.”
Hickey has been a journeyman via his 12 AFL seasons, turning into the primary participant to symbolize 4 golf equipment from 4 totally different states, however had solely performed one remaining earlier than becoming a member of the Swans on the finish of 2020.
“I assumed there was an opportunity of taking part in in a grand remaining at West Coast however in the long run the final two years right here at Sydney have simply been a dream,” mentioned Hickey, a Queenslander who began his AFL profession with the Gold Coast.
“Earlier than each recreation, I stroll across the area and I attempt to take in every little thing I can, and I will try this once more on Saturday as a result of it could be my solely likelihood.”