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Swans lift ruck stocks with Spaanderman and Richards Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 January 2008
Swan Districts have continued a strong recruiting drive for 2008 by signing former Brisbane and East Perth player Llane Spaanderman and delisted Collingwood player Guy Richards.

Swans pulled off a WAFL coup late last month in gaining ex-Richmond forward Andrew Krakouer.

Football manager Brendan Parker said Spaanderman would complement the club’s big man stocks as it strove to push up the ladder this year under new coach Brian Dawson.

“From our point of view, the big man department has been a bit of a problem for us the past couple of years,” Parker said yesterday.

“Tallan Ames has had to carry a huge workload in the ruck. It has been a bit too much for him at times and has led to some injuries and left us a bit thin in the ruck and key positions.

“Llane’s ability to play in the ruck or a key position is a big boost for us.”

Spaanderman, 21, was a firstround pick and No. 18 overall in the 2003 national draft.

He was hampered by a shoulder injury in the 2004 pre-season before finishing strongly in the AFLQ, kicking nine goals in a game and finishing third in the Grogan Medal.

Spaanderman’s three AFL games for Brisbane came in the 2005 season before he was surprisingly de-listed.

He returned to East Perth before the start of the 2006 season.

Guy Richards played 39 games with Collingwood, 16 in 2007, including Collingwood's four finals matches

Swans football manager Brendan Parker said Richards would be a valuable addition in 2008 and his experience could only help emerging stars at the club like Nick Naitanui, who has been touted as the no. 1 pick in the 2008 national draft.

"It's a massive recruitment because he comes with AFL experience and AFL finals experience," Parker said.

"We desperatly need experience at the club and that sort of experience is hard to come b6y, especially as recently as last year".

Parker said Swans, who ast played in the league finals in 2005, were desperate to push back into the top four.

"One thing that stood out in the past two years was that there had realy only been three competitive sides in the finals and the fourth had generally made up numbers," he said.

"That was certainly the case with us when we last made the finals and we not only want to get there, but really be competitive".

Courtesy the West Australia and Russell Reid



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