Longmire saw him as an ideal foil for Franklin and scooped him up as a free agent, and he will finally get the chance to play them together on Saturday.
Menzel’s knowledge of the Cats will also be helpful as the Swans aim to back up last week’s narrow loss to Collingwood and disrupt the AFL’s early premiership favourites on their home deck.
«We’re really keen to get to Geelong and play another really good team . . . we all believe our best football is as good as anyone’s,» Blakey said.
«If we play our best, all the boys believe there’s not many teams that can come with us – make it a real scrap and contested game, and we’ll be right in the hunt.»
The addition of McVeigh, who tore his quad in the round three win over Carlton, will give Sydney some much-needed experience on what is arguably footy’s toughest away assignment. Former Cat Jackson Thurlow and the injured Josh Kennedy (knee) have dropped out of the team that fell by seven points to the Magpies.
Meanwhile, Greater Western Sydney have made just one change for their clash with Gold Coast on Saturday at Giants Stadium.
Key defender Sam Taylor has struggled to train this week due to a corked leg and has been replaced by Lachie Keeffe in a no-risk strategy by coach Leon Cameron as the Giants back up from a six-day break after their win over Melbourne at the MCG.
Cameron said Keeffe was «extremely unlucky» to have been dropped in the first place and may be able to string a couple of games together given Taylor is in doubt for next weekend’s trip to face Adelaide.
The Giants are heavy favourites to account for the Suns and will be out to atone for a poor last quarter against the Demons, who outscored them seven goals to two and took some sting out of the final scoreboard.
«The challenge for us is consistency, not just in game but also week-to-week,» Cameron said. «We’ve gone two wins and one loss for most of the year, so we’ve got to be able to consistently put performances together and get more wins a row, starting this week.
«The Gold Coast have won some close games, they’ve been involved in a lot of close games, so if you’re doing that it means you’re probably playing a good, consistent brand, so we need to acknowledge that and then deal with it.»
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.