The 2-time Brownlow Medallist has distanced himself from the game since relentless booing pushed him out of the game in 2015.
Earlier this week it was reported by The Age that Goodes wouldn’t participate within the Swans’ official 10-year premiership reunion due to a previous dedication, however spectators have been amazed to see the four-time All Australian be part of his teammates forward of Sydney’s 14-point loss to the Gold Coast.
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Goodes has disregarded AFL events for the reason that league failed to face with him throughout the horrid booing saga which spanned greater than two years. These embrace appearances on the 2015 grand closing parade for retired gamers and subsequent Brownlow Medal rely.
The 42-year-old additionally declined a proposal to be inducted into the AFL Corridor of Fame final 12 months.
“His reluctance is with something to do with an AFL endorsed perform or from headquarters.”
All however three members of Swans’ most up-to-date flag have been in attendance – simply lacking three gamers in Jarrad McVeigh, Rhyce Shaw ( each current however not a part of the on-field formalities) and Ryan O’Keefe because of teaching commitments.
Solely three gamers of that 2012 premiership facet are nonetheless half of the present Swans squad – Josh Kennedy, Sam Reid and Luke Parker because the grand closing sub.
The team accomplished a lap of honour across the floor earlier than linking arms to type a guard of honour to welcome the present Swans’ outfit onto the sphere for his or her spherical eight conflict.
“A number of of them I have not seen for some time,” coach John Longmire mentioned.
“Good to have them again right here. They’re actually supportive of what we do.
“They love seeing the younger boys play – it brings again some good reminiscences.”
Premiership participant Nick Malceski mentioned seeing the group collectively made it appear to be no time had handed between catch-ups.
“It is unbelievable to see guys I have not seen for eight years,” he informed Fox Footy.
“To see them, it is like we have been enjoying yesterday.”
The Suns held on towards a decided Swans outfit handy the facet their