There's been a superstar-shaped hole in Sydney's forward line all year long, but Lance Franklin's usual foil is growing increasingly excited about the possibilities for the Swans when he slots back in next season.
Sam Reid normally relishes the open space afforded to him as opposition defenders focus on double-teaming Franklin, but in Buddy's absence this year the 28-year-old has often been the lone experienced hand in attack for the Swans.
Sydney’s dynamic duo, Lance Franklin and Sam Reid, has been forced apart this year due to injury.Credit:Getty Images
"Bud's pretty good at working with whoever's next to him, but it is an exciting time with these guys getting games under their belt and experience against top sides, realising where that gap is and learning off some of the best teams in the comp – it can only make us stronger.
"Then once Bud comes back in, hopefully that means we're up there or thereabouts again."
Reid has been delighted by the progress made by the likes of James Bell, Zac Foot, Sam Wicks, Will Hayward and Tom McCartin this year, who have filtered through a forward line that so often relies on Franklin for structure and potency – while Tom Papley, already an established star of the competition, has taken his game to another level.
"The other week it was Tom Papley and I in the forward line. We looked around and we talked about it after the game but the rest of the guys in the forward line had 10 games between four or five of them," Reid said. "It's a bit different but I think we're heading in the right direction. The guys who've come in have shown the right sort of thing."
A possible swoop for Essendon spearhead Joe Daniher, if successful, would add another mouth-watering layer to Sydney's attacking dynamic.
Reid is just happy to play his part after a frustrating few years due to injury. He managed just one game in 2018, played all 22 for the Swans the following year – the first time he's managed that in his career – and then battled hamstring, knee and calf issues this season.
"The frustrating part is they seem to come in waves – I'll do one thing and it'll reoccur or something else might come along," he said. "The start of this year was a little bit like that and to be honest, the season shutdown probably helped me and my case to be able to come back for at least part of this season.
"[The 150 game milestone] has probably taken a bit longer than expected. Last week's a good example – [Jake] Lloyd came into the Swans four years after I did and he's beaten me to 150.
"It's something I'm pretty proud of. It's 150 games more than most guys get to."
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