Luke Parker Dane Rampe

Luke Parker is seen during the Sydney Swans Training at Tramway Oval, March 27, 2024, Sydney AUS © Joshua Davis 2024

There’s likely to be a selection squeeze at the Swans ahead of the Sydney Derby, with Luke Parker and Dane Rampe close to returning.

Parker has not yet featured at senior level in 2024, sustaining a broken arm in pre-season. However, he is in the mix to face the Giants after a successful outing in the VFL last Sunday.

Rampe has been out since round four and is also nearing a comeback, but coach John Longmire stopped short of confirming a return for either.

“We’ve got Parks (Parker) and Ramps (Rampe), we’ll see how the training goes this week,” he said.

“We’ve got a couple of blokes that we need to get through the week as far as how they pulled up, we’ve got a six-day break.

“Hopefully those guys pull up okay and are feeling good this week, we’ll see how Parks and Ramps go during the week. They’ll have a runaround today (Tuesday), hopefully get going and feel good.

“I think Parks has pulled up okay, they’ll have another session today (Tuesday), but the important one will be on Thursday, and then we’ll sit down Thursday after training and pick the team, hoping those two are available.”

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Parker is known for his strong showing in Sydney Derbies, having won a record five Brett Kirk Medals, but Longmire is looking beyond Saturday’s clash against GWS.

“He’s a really good player and we know that. He would have played a fair bit of the season you’d suggest if he hadn’t got that injury,” he said.

“He’s a quality player, we’ve just got to make sure we’re setting him up for the year. It’s about this week, we want to win this week, it’s about the season and we know he can play.

“The good thing is he’s been able to keep running, he had a bit of time off when he had the operation, but the good thing is he’s been able to keep running.

“He plays a combative style – that’s the only way he knows about it. We’ll look at that, we’ll look at the weather this week, see how he feels and have a chat to him later in the week.”

The Sydney Derby gets underway at 1:45 pm AEST on Saturday at the SCG.

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