Swans hopeful Jack gets up for round one

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Ex-Swans captain Kieren Jack will play the AFL season opener against Port Adelaide on Saturday, should he prove he's shaken off a niggling hip injury.

Jack enjoyed an uninterrupted pre-season until late February when a hip complaint ruled him out of the last two JLT Community Series games. He was rested for the opening pre-season fixture meaning Jack's only decent hit-out before round one came in last month's sweltering intra-club game.

The Swans will be sweating on his fitness with third-year star Isaac Heeney struck down indefinitely with glandular fever and veteran Jarrad McVeigh out of action for at least two more weeks after tearing his calf.

Midfield supremo Luke Parker said Jack would be a welcome addition.

"It'll be good to have him back, his leadership, his aggression up forward, his take and tackle," he said.

"He'll be fine. He was supposed to play in the last game but he had a little bit of soreness. He had the week off last week, and should train fully today and Thursday, he'll be right to go."

Parker, last year's Brownlow Medal runner-up, has had no such concerns heading into round one having played in all three pre-season games, unencumbered by the knee injury he carried through last year's grand final loss to the Western Bulldogs.

Parker had pre-Christmas knee surgery after failing to fully recover from the PCL injury suffered in last year's preliminary final triumph over Geelong.

It delayed his pre-season significantly but he heads into round one with a clean bill of health and tasked with spearheading a new-look midfield.

Tom Mitchell's departure to Hawthorn and Heeney's illness has opened the door for speedster Zak Jones, who is expected to deputise this week after a string of assured performances in pre-season.

Dan Robinson has also put his hand up while George Hewett's flexibility through midfield and the forward line gives coach John Longmire another string to his bow.

"We'll be fine - to have that ability to have nine or 10 guys who can rotate through the midfield is a hard thing to match-up on," Parker said.

"You're not relying on two or three guys to get the job done each week."

"For us it's from that next group coming through, the boys who have been here for about two or three years who have had their development time and played 30, 40 games," Parker said.

"It's their time, it's exciting they'll probably take their game to another level.

"That's the thing we're looking at, it's the weight of numbers. We know each week you need 22 players to be performing especially in crucial games like last year. If you don't have enough performers on the week then you'll lose.

"The ability for the second and third-year boys to carry the team if some of the leaders or more senior players are having a bit of a down game, to see the next generation come through is really exciting for this club."

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