Sydney Swans ruckman Peter Ladhams is set to debut this weekend when the Swans face North Melbourne at the SCG.
Speaking to the media this morning, senior coach John Longmire confirmed fellow ruckman Tom Hickey is set to spend time on the sidelines after being ruled out for six weeks with a medial strain following the Round 3 clash with the Western Bulldogs.
“He’s done his medial. At this stage we expect it to be about 6 weeks, so he’ll be out for an extended period of time,” said Longmire.
"I’d love to be proved wrong, but I’m told that’s not going to happen. He’s in a brace, the medial needs to stick, it’s a different injury so unfortunately we expect him to be out for that six week period.”
Set to make his club debut, Ladhams will come into the side after starring in the Swans VFL opening fortnight of the competition, finishing with one goal, 17 disposals, 24 hit outs in his most recent fixture.
Longmire expects the 202cm ruckman to play an important role for the side.
“Ladhams will come in this week. He had a bit of an interrupted pre-season and so we wanted to get some footy into him which we did at the back end of the pre-season and for the first few weeks so he’s been able to do that and will come in and play his first game for the club this week," Longmire said.
“He’s got the capacity to be able to add to the midfield group in regards to not only the ruck contest which is really important for us but also the ability to be able to get the ball around the ground, his follow up and just play an important role for us.
"He’s been working on those things for the past few weeks whilst he was coming back from a couple of little niggles he had over the pre-season so that’s what we’re hoping he brings to the team.”
Ladhams joined the club this season and has played 32 career matches since debuting in 2019.
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