The Sydney Swans have dropped young forward Logan McDonald, but have named injury-plagued stalwart Sam Reid for the grand final against Geelong at the MCG.
- Hayden McLean was included in the Swans line-up
- Reid himself is likely to have a fitness test before Saturday
- Geelong’s Max Holmes will also have to prove his mettle
The Cats have included winger Max Holmes – who suffered a hamstring injury in the preliminary win over Brisbane – in their unchanged line-up for the premiership decider.
The Swans dropped the 20-year-old McDonald, who scored just one goal on 10 shots in his side’s two finals wins.
They recalled Hayden McLean, who has not featured in the AFL since round eight.
The Swans have called up Reid, despite the 30-year-old suffering from a groin strain.
Sydney’s Justin McInerney was also included in the side with the winger overcoming a sprained ankle sustained in the preliminary final win over Collingwood.
Swans man Reid – who offers plenty of support in addition to his key forward role – and Geelong’s 20-year-old Holmes are expected to face fitness tests to determine whether they will play on Saturday.
Reid was on light duty at Sydney’s indoor training session on Thursday.
Unless the veteran proves his mettle, McDonald is likely to earn a reprieve, with the young West Australian named as an emergency, along with Braeden Campbell, Harry Cunningham and Will Gould.
Reid and Luke Parker are the only remaining Swans from their last premiership in 2012.
Geelong is likely to delay a final decision on Holmes until Saturday. The 20-year-old has cemented his place this season, making 18 senior appearances.
The Cats have listed Brandan Parfitt, Mark O’Connor, Sam Menegola and Jonathon Ceglar as their emergencies.