The Sydney Swans have made three changes ahead of Saturday’s Elimination Final against Essendon, swapping ruckmen while bringing in two hard nuts for the crunch game at the SCG.

Sam Naismith, who’s been out of the senior side recovering from an abdominal strain, has been recalled in place of Kurt Tippett (omitted) while Dan Hannebery and Tom Papley slot straight back in for Harry Cunningham and Will Hayward (both omitted) after respective injury layoffs.

Speaking in Centrum Team Selection, coach John Longmire likes what Naismith can offer, not only in the air but around the ground.

“It’s good to have Naismith back in the team, he’s obviously important with his ability to get his hand to the ball and speed around the ground,” Longmire said.

“It was an interesting and tough decision, as we went through it in match committee.

“We’re confident he can come in and do the job for us.”

Naismith returned from injury in last weekend’s NEAFL Preliminary Final win, the 206cm big man showing enough with his 19 disposals and 40 hit-outs to convince the selectors he’s right to go.

“He got through the game really well,” Longmire added.

“He’s been training now for a number of weeks and has pulled up really well, and we expect him to really compete hard against what’s a good ruck set-up with (Tom) Bellchambers.”

Hannebery’s leadership is an invaluable addition to the Sydney Swans’ team, the coach keen to see vice-captain retake his place in the star-studded midfield, while Papley’s goal sense and defensive pressure will be crucial against Essendon’s backs.

Aliir Aliir, Harry Cunningham and Dan Robinson have been named as emergencies for the match.

To view the full squad, click here.