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Jones straight back for Swans

Adam Curley, AFL.com.au  June 28, 2017 10:49 AM

Longmire press conference - Rd 15, 2017 John Longmire speaks with media ahead of our main training session before we take on Melbourne at the MCG
AFL 2017 Round 13 - Richmond v Sydney

Zak Jones will come straight back into the senior side after serving his one-match suspension.

Sydney coach John Longmire has confirmed Zak Jones will come straight back into the side to take on Melbourne on Friday night after serving a one week suspension.

The Swans had Jones missing from last week's thrilling win over Essendon for an incident in their round 13 match against Richmond, a charge Longmire admitted that the club thought hard about challenging.

Longmire thinks clubs may put more consideration into challenging Match Review Panel decisions after West Coast's Will Schofield beat his striking charge on Tuesday night.

Schofield was charged with striking Melbourne's Clayton Oliver after a half-time melee on Saturday night, but the Eagles chose to fight the one-week ban he was offered and were successful, meaning the defender is free to face the Western Bulldogs this week.

Richmond's Bachar Houli also received what was seen by many as a fortunate two-week suspension despite being sent directly to the AFL Tribunal for striking Carlton's Jed Lamb.

Character references from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and media personality and academic Waleed Aly were tendered to the Tribunal.

Sydney accepted the penalty for Jones, but Longmire said that Tuesday night's tribunal results mean the landscape might have changed.

"I'm not sure Zak knows the Prime Minister, so I'm not sure if that would have been handy or not," he joked.

"We discussed it last week, but the advice we had was that it wasn't worth challenging.

"The odds were very much stacked against you (previously), so that's changed a little bit, but it all gets down to the incident. "

Longmire confirmed that Jones would return for Friday's night's massive clash against Melbourne at the MCG, and said he was comfortable that the 22-year-old had learnt his lesson, after being spoken to by the Swans' leadership group about his suspension last week.

"We want him to play an aggressive brand of footy but not go over that line, and he understands that," he said.

"He's been in terrific form for us this year and he's a really important player for us, not just in a playing sense but a young leader's role."

While Jones will be an automatic selection when the team is picked on Thursday, Longmire said that was not the case for former co-captain Jarrad McVeigh.

McVeigh has played just two games this season because of soft tissue injuries but got through around 75 minutes of game time in the NEAFL last week.

"He needs to train well and then we need to sit down with Jarrad and the conditioning staff and have a chat about it, and that'll be the same as we've done previously," he said.

"He's a chance (but) he's not an absolute definite just yet, we want to make sure he gets through training and see how that goes."