The return of utility Dean Towers headlines a Sydney Swans team set to face North Melbourne at the SCG on Saturday.

Towers was ruled out of Sydney’s match with Geelong last Saturday due to an eye injury sustained at training earlier in the week.

Swans coach John Longmire said Towers was ready to go.

“The eye has recovered well and the specialist has given him the all-clear,” Longmire said.

“He’s fine to come back into the team and he gives us a variety of roles.”

The 27-year-old brings height and a strong lead to the Swans’ forward 50 and provides strong support for Callum Sinclair in the ruck.

Forward Dan Robinson is the one omission for the Round 7 fixture, while speedster Ben Ronke will play his second senior game after debuting in the Cats clash.

Longmire said Ronke brought plenty to the table on debut.

“It was great to have his energy in the team – the way he was charging around and putting pressure on in our front half,” Longmire said.

“It was an important role in our team and he needs to keep doing that. That’s the good thing about Benny – he’ll give effort every week.”

Forward Gary Rohan will play his 100th AFL game and Longmire said it was a special achievement.

“It’s great for him to achieve the 100-game milestone,” Longmire said.

“It’s a fantastic effort and hopefully there’s plenty more.

“He gives really energy to the team and whether it’s pressure or his goal-kicking or his marking ability he gives real flexibility in our front half.” 

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