Adam Goodes Returns To Training, Expects To Play This Weekend

The last remaining question in the on-going saga surrounding Sydney Swans champion Adam Goodes was “when would he take the field again?”

The club confirmed yesterday that Goodes would be returning to on-field training duties following a week of club-approved leave, which he spent largely with family as the debate raged over the continual booing and abuse hurled his way by AFL crowds.
With Goodes reporting back at the SCG today, he has now confirmed that he expects to be selected to take on the Geelong Cats at Simonds Stadium this coming Saturday night, in the Swans Round 19 clash that the AFL has designated as being Multicultural Round.
Speaking to the Swans website, Goodes stated that he felt “incredibly humbled” by the support shown by both his fellow players, and football supporters.

“Our supporters here at the Swans were absolutely amazing on the weekend. It would have been nice to be at the SCG to experience it all. Speaking to a few of the players, they said the atmosphere out there was incredible.”

“It was a very humbling experience to see the different things that our football club did, that other football clubs did and other players did to show their support. The support from the AFL industry has been something that is not surprising because in the AFL we do look after our own extremely well.”

“I felt very loved over the weekend.”

“From all involved at the Sydney Swans, from other clubs and players from all levels of the game, from other codes, from the AFL, from so many in the community, the support has been amazing and it has been felt. It has been a great reminder of why I am one of so many people that just love our game.”

Goodes stated that he had managed to watch last weekend’s match against the Crows, and that he was now looking forward to getting back to what doing what he loved – simply playing footy.

“The last week, there’s been a lot of discussion. A lot of it I haven’t read, but obviously been involved in before. I’m really hoping those discussions are behind us now and we can all move on.”

“For me, it’s about going out there and playing football and whether this is my last year or not, I really want to be able to go out there and enjoy the last five games of the season and another finals campaign and see what happens.”

“That’s my job, that’s what I love doing, that’s the way I really love to express myself and I’m really looking forward to doing that on the weekend.”

Meanwhile AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan kicked off the AFL’s Multicultural Round festivities – which will see each game broadcast with commentary in a different language, including Greek, Hindi, Arabic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Italian, and Spanish – broadcasts which will be available through the AFL website and the AFL official app.

A better timed “theme” round, the AFL has probably never had.
Photo: Mark Kolbe via Getty Images.