Goodes returns to Swans, hopes to face Cats

Tue Aug 4, 2015 3:08am EDT
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By David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Adam Goodes has returned to the Sydney Swans and put his hand up for selection after taking leave from the Australian Rules club under stress from the incessant booing he faced during matches.

One of the most decorated players in the popular indigenous game, Aboriginal Goodes was jeered relentlessly and racially abused in Perth last week, triggering a heated debate over racism in a country which regards itself a beacon of tolerance.

Goodes was granted an indeterminate leave of absence from the club last Tuesday and missed Saturday's Australian Football League (AFL) match against Adelaide Crows amid media speculation he might quit the game.

But the 35-year-old was moved by a big show of support from fans, players and teams during the weekend's matches and looked forward to returning to his "job" against Geelong Cats on Saturday.

"I definitely wasn't in the right frame of mind to play last week against the Crows and I'm extremely excited to be back at the club training with the players," Goodes said in a video posted on his team's website (

"The last week there's been a lot of discussion... I think those discussions needed to be had and I'm really hopeful that those discussions are behind us now.

"Whether this is my last year or not I really want to be able to go out and enjoy the last five games of the season and another finals campaign.

"That's my job, it's what I love doing."   Continued...

Aboriginal activist and Australian Rules Football legend Adam Goodes kicks a ball during a team training session at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia, August 4, 2015. REUTERS/David Gray