It is going to be mate towards mate at Adelaide Oval on Saturday when Sydney ahead Will Hayward tackles Port Adelaide star recruit Aliir Aliir.
Former Swans defender Aliir, a one-time favorite son of the red-and-white faithfuls, was traded to Port on the finish of 2020 to the shock of many nevertheless it has the makings of a win-win deal.
The type of key defender Tom McCartin has helped Sydney fill the void left by the 26-year-old’s departure, whereas the commerce crucially enabled Sydney to efficiently pursue ruck revelation Tom Hickey.
Aliir’s type, having yo-yoed whereas performing a spread of roles lately, is at career-best degree and has been a vital a part of Port’s 9-4 begin.
Saturday, when the Swans journey to and play in Adelaide underneath strict COVID-19 protocols, will mark Aliir’s first match towards his former membership.
Hayward, having beforehand matched up on Aliir at coaching and in intra-club clashes, cannot wait.
“It’s going to be good. He is a very good mate of mine,” Hayward stated forward of the competition between fifth-placed Port and sixth-placed Sydney.
“He is aware of how I play and I understand how he performs … it’s going to be attention-grabbing, I am trying ahead to it.
“He is been enjoying actually good footy. He is been intercepting for them very well, he units up a variety of their ball motion.
“He is an awesome participant. We at all times knew that, we’ll be sure we watch him.”
Hayward and teammates have, aside from coaching classes, been in strict lodge lockdown since relocating to Melbourne on Tuesday night time.
The 22-year-old is able to adapt to no matter is thrown at him, having been given the inexperienced mild to face the Energy.
Hayward suffered a concussion through the Swans’ last-start loss to Hawthorn however the timing of the membership’s mid-season bye means he will not miss a single sport.
“I used to be a bit dazed for a couple of seconds,” he stated.
“These concussion exams are fairly arduous to move … even on my greatest days, I battle.
“A bit irritating however the silver lining was that we had the bye.”