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Swallow steps it up, Bowes impresses

SUNS TV: Eade Presser GC SUNS senior coach Rodney Eade addresses the media at Metricon Stadium on Family Day
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 5: David Swallow of the Suns in action during the Gold Coast Suns training session at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast, Australia on December 5, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
His pre-season has been terrific, he worked his way into the game today and was quite impressive.
GC SUNS Senior Coach, Rodney Eade

After more than 18 months on the sidelines, Gold Coast midfielder David Swallow took a huge step to returning to senior footy on Saturday, playing strongly in the SUNS’ intraclub at Metricon Stadium.

Swallow has played just six games in the past two seasons – and none in 2016 – because of ongoing knee problems.

He has completed the entire pre-season though, and got through unscathed playing a mix of half-back, wing and midfield.

"His pre-season has been terrific, he worked his way into the game today and was quite impressive," coach Rodney Eade said.

"He's a bull, he's tough, he's strong at it.

"He'll probably play all JLT (Community Series) games, but it'll be a graded game-time.

"He'll probably play a half next week, then three quarters, then a full game."

The SUNS picked up a couple of minor injuries out of the game, but Eade says none of them are a major concern.

Trent McKenzie has a Baker's cyst and will likely miss a week, while No.4 draft pick Ben Ainsworth (hip) and Jarryd Lyons (Achilles) were taken off at half-time as a precautionary measure.

Jarrod Witts will be a certain starter in the SUNS’ first pre-season match against the Brisbane Lions next Sunday.

Another who will join him is No.10 draft pick Jack Bowes, who was outstanding in the winning white team.

Eade split the red and white teams evenly, with the best forward lining up against the best defenders, including Bowes who played mostly at half-back.

"He's very calm under pressure, he makes good decisions," Eade said.

"He really puts himself in the frame for round one."