Sydney has warmed up for the finals with a crushing 87-point win over Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium, where refreshed maestro Lance Franklin starred with six goals and Jake Lloyd collected a team-high 36 disposals in their respective returns. 

Franklin, who was rested last week, was quickly back to his best and equalled his best haul of this season as the Swans triumphed 21.10 (136) to 6.13 (49).

"[Franklin] said he felt really good today. I thought he and Jake were both running on top of the ground, they needed that week off and both of them came back and performed strongly," Longmire said.

"While [Franklin] was playing regularly, he wasn't able to really go and put the hammer down, but he was able to do that last week and get himself in good nick for this week.

"Everyone needs to do that now and then, to feel good about themselves and also for the sake of injury prevention."

The Swans are still not sure whether they will be able to call on Josh Kennedy for the start of their first finals campaign since 2018, after the co-captain strained a hamstring last week.

But second-year onballer Chad Warner could be in line to replace Mills if needed, after impressing in his fourth scratch match since returning from stress-related soreness in his lower leg.

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Longmire: It was a terrific performance ahead of the finals

Watch Sydney's press conference after round 23's match against Gold Coast

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Midfielder Callum Mills is doubt for the first week of finals after being subbed out of the match against Gold Coast due to Achilles soreness.

Mills appeared to be restricted during the pre-game warm-up and then throughout much of the match, until the Swans finally pulled him from the game just before three-quarter time.

The 24-year-old has been managing Achilles tendinitis for much of the season and missed the Swans' past two matches due to the injury, but was recalled to the team to build fitness and touch ahead of an Elimination Final next week.

"While he was a little bit stiff in the warm-up, normally he warms up really well and away he goes. That's certainly been the case this year," coach John Longmire said after the match.

"It didn't get any better today and after half-time in particular we were concerned that he was putting himself at risk. We were worried about injury at that point.

"We really wanted him to keep playing. It would've been good for him, he hasn't played a lot of footy over the last six or seven weeks, but it was putting too much at risk so we had to call the sub.

"He'll play [next week] if he's OK, but he's obviously got to be in doubt."

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Match Highlights: Sydney Swans v Gold Coast Suns

See all the Match Highlights from the Sydney Swans Round 23 victory over the Gold Coast Suns at Marvel Stadium

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